Wailing sirens that fell silent 70 years ago today

Sound of silence - an air raid siren outside the Guildhall Portsmouth at the end of the war

Sound of silence - an air raid siren outside the Guildhall Portsmouth at the end of the war

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To those who lived through the Second World War and are remembering its ending in Europe today, the contraption above will send shudders down the spine.

For those too young to have seen one, you will have certainly heard its wail during the credits to Dad’s Army.

An underground air raid wardens' post in Portsmouth

An underground air raid wardens' post in Portsmouth

It was an air raid siren – once heard never forgotten, especially if you lived in Portsmouth during the blitz.

Its doom-laden warning sent the population rushing for cover whether under the stairs at home or to shelters either in the garden or in public ones in nearby streets.

Today’s pictures to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day were discovered in The News archive and have not been published for many years.

They were taken in Portsmouth and the surrounding area and are as fresh today as they were 70-plus years ago.

Women's Land Army recruits getting to grips with the mechanical side of rural life on the Hambledon downs

Women's Land Army recruits getting to grips with the mechanical side of rural life on the Hambledon downs

I’ll publish more on Monday.

The inside of a Portsmouth street shelter where so many spent so long between 1939 and 1945

The inside of a Portsmouth street shelter where so many spent so long between 1939 and 1945

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