Bombsight – which shows where the bombs fell on London during the Blitz – goes live

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If you live in London you have probably wondered at some point whether the street you live in was damaged by bombs during the war. Well now you can find out. Bombsight is a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and The National Archives which lists all the bombs dropped on the capital during the Blitz – basically between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941.

It is an easy to use map system which lets you focus in on you area and then look at all the incidents. For some bombs there are more information and even the odd picture.

The group has also been working on an Android apo which use Augmented Reality so that when you point your phone at a bombsite you can see the details live.

Dr Kate Jones, the University of Portsmouth geographer who devised the project, told the BBC: “When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of bombs dropped on the capital it does illustrate the meaning of the word Blitz, which comes from the German meaning lightning war.

Apparently more than 20,000 people were killed and and 1.4m people made homeless during the boming.

My only quibble is that they ought to add the bombs from later raids to the list. Here is the data for the V1 and V2 rocket attacks.