On This Day 7 September
By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-09-07
In 70 the Roman army occupied and plundered Jerusalem; in 1902 Australia observed a day of humiliation praying for rain; in 2005 Egypt had its first multi-party presidential elections and in 2013 Tony Abbott became Prime Minister of Australia (voted out by his own party 2 years later). In 1940 Germany began nightly bombing of London - the Blitz.
It was on the afternoon of the 7th of September, 1940, that the Germans began Unternehment Loge which translates as "Operation London" with Loge being the codename for London. This was their air attacks against London and other industrial cities throughout the United Kingdom.
This was a change in strategy for the Luftwaffe and took the RAF by surprise. It has been estimated that there were 1600 civilians killed by the bombing not to mention the damage to the shipping vessels on the Thames.
### Taking sanctuary in Aldwych underground
### Heinkel HE 111 bomber over Isle of Dogs
### Barrage balloons over London
The Blitz lasted from the 7th of September through until the 11th of May 1941 and resulted in:
- 40000 to 43000 civilians killed
- 46000 - 139000 injured
- 2 million houses destroyed of which 60% were in London
Other events on this day
- 70: Roman army occupied and plundered Jerusalem
- 1902: the Australian nation observed a 'day of humiliation' praying for rain brought on by a widespread drought
- 1940: Germany began nightly bombing of London (the Blitz) which lasted until the 2nd of November
- 2005: Egypt had its first multi-party presidential election
- 2013: Tony Abbott became Prime Minister of Australia (he was voted out by his own party 2 years later and lost his seat to an independent)