July 19 marks the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous "V for Victory" campaign, and in tribute to the spirit of Britons who "would not be cowed" during World War II, LIFE.com is presenting an incredible series of color photos that show London's battered state during the war.
Known collectively as "The Blitz," the German air raids on English cities in 1940 and 1941 were certainly terrifying. As these photos attest, the British capital suffered "the brunt of Blitz," with more than 1 million houses badly damaged or completely destroyed, according to LIFE.com.
You can view more images from the stunning gallery here.
You can take a look at a selection of photos from the gallery below. All images and captions are courtesy of LIFE.com.
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