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Manchester Blitz, Then & Now
Composite image of photos taken on the corner of Sackville Street and Portland Street in Manchester on 18th April 1941 and 5th January 2013.
The original scene shows an American Ambulance car and a party from the British War Relief Society (a US organisation which provided charitable donations to Britain before America joined the war) visiting the bomb damaged streets of Manchester.
The destruction is from the Christmas Blitz, the buildings on this corner being the first of the cotton warehouses to be set alight by incendiary bombs on December 23rd 1940, the fires spreading to other warehouses in the district.
Original photo used with kind permission of Greater Manchester Police.
Below; The original picture on Greater Manchester Police photostream.
Street view using Bing Mapping.