Belfast Blitz

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Belfast Blitz: The German Reaction

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12th August 2019

The German reaction to the Belfast Blitz was one of great joy among the Luftwaffe pilots but Nazi officials were careful not to provoke American military.

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Belfast Blitz: The Irish Firemen

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16th April 2017

Following the devastation of the Belfast Blitz in April 1941, the Stormont government requested help from Ireland. The Irish firemen answered the call.

Map showing Belfast Royal Academy, Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast Royal Academy, Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

5-17 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Some dedicated pupils and staff made their way through the rubble of the Belfast Blitz to attend classes at Belfast Royal Academy despite the damage caused.

Belvoir Hall National School, Dee Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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Blythe Street Public Elementary School, Blythe Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

24 Blythe Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Blythe Street Public Elementary School served the working class area around Blythe Street, just off Sandy Row in the south-west of Belfast, Co. Antrim.

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Bombs on Bangor, Co. Down

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9th March 2018

Most people know about the Belfast Blitz. Many also know the Luftwaffe dropped bombs on Bangor in April '41 but this was not the town's first aerial attack.

Brice Harkness

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Volunteer fireman Brice Harkness from Cookstown is thought to be the first Auxiliary Fire Service victim of the Luftwaffe's Belfast Blitz on 8th April 1941.

British Pathé – Ulster’s New Prime Minister (1940)

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15th August 2018

The new Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, the Right Honourable John Miller Andrews speaks about Ulster standing by Britain and the Empire during the war.

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Cliftonville Circus, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

During the Luftwaffe raids on Belfast in 1941, an air raid shelter on Cliftonville Circus took a direct hit and many of those inside died in the blast.