25 photos showing how the Second World War changed Portsmouth beyond recognition
When the Second World War began, life in Portsmouth changed beyond recognition.
As these historic photos show, the early months of the war meant residents had to quickly train as soldiers before departing for Europe and leaving their loved ones behind.
In our gallery you will also see young evacuees leaving the city, residents of Goodwood Road about to embark on an outing, not realising that in two months time the country would be at war, some of the first areas to be hit by the air raids and the devastation of those bombs.
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Most of the area in Portsmouth destroyed in air raids has now been rebuilt, but the memories of the devastating war still remain.
We will be sharing more photos from this collection on our new Facebook group Portsmouth Retro – you can join here.