Portsmouth Harbour station and trains were hit hard by the Luftwaffe

Portsmouth Harbour station after an air raid
Portsmouth Harbour station after an air raid
The Purbrook team are, left to right, Jon Harvey, Elizabeth Norris and Peter Emmett

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Purbrook Park is a talking success

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At first glance you might think this picture is of a burned out warehouse.

But, in fact, with Gosport in the distance, this is the wreckage of Portsmouth Harbour station after a visit from Hitler’s Luftwaffe on the night of August 13, 1940. To the left is a burned out carriage.

Southern Railways lost 32 mainline coaches during wartime including one buffet and three restaurant cars.

In addition 51 suburban cars were lost and no fewer than 20 of these vehicles were destroyed in Portsmouth.

Happily most were vacant stock berthed without passengers on board.