The photographer who captured smitten Portsmouth for posterity

Portsmouth blitz January 10, 1940 - damage at Hyde Park Road and Russell Street
Portsmouth blitz January 10, 1940 - damage at Hyde Park Road and Russell Street
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Victory - Passengers line the rails of Viking Victory

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Today we continue our week looking back to the Second World War and the colossal impact it had on Portsmouth.

With the 70th anniversary of VE Day and the mass celebrations of May 1945 still fresh in our minds, it is worth recalling not only the sheer terror and, of course, destruction, this city endured in its blitz, but the quirks of wartime life too.

All the pictures here were taken by legendary wartime Evening News photographer Vic Stewart. They are as fresh today as they were when he took them seven decades ago.

ll''Portsmouth blitz, January 10, 1940 - Guildhall ablaze

ll''Portsmouth blitz, January 10, 1940 - Guildhall ablaze

The second air raid on Portmsouth, August 12, 1940, and the Harbour station is hit

The second air raid on Portmsouth, August 12, 1940, and the Harbour station is hit

The King inspects members of the Local Defence Volunteers during a visit to Portsmouth on July 25, 1940

The King inspects members of the Local Defence Volunteers during a visit to Portsmouth on July 25, 1940