Bombs left their deadly mark on terraced homes across Portsmouth

My new book War-torn Portsmouth '“ Then, After and Now is published today and this week I am previewing many photographs from it.

Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 6:00 am
Ewart Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, after the Luftwaffe had paid another visit. Note the girl leaning against the lamp post talking to a friend and the dog in the distance.

Many still believe the only part of the city hit during the blitz was the south-western corner of Portsea Island. True to a certain extent when considering the amount of damage done by the Luftwaffe to this part of the city.

But many bombs were dropped on other parts of the city.

Some were aimed at targets like the gas works or Eastney Barracks. Other were released because the pilot had overflown his target and wanted to make a break for home.

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Ewart Road today with the houses almost as they were before the bombing.

Many of these locations were in streets of terraced houses. The sites stick out because the original homes have been replaced by modern houses. There are many of these in the city.

In these two pictures we see Ewart Road, Buckland.

n War-torn Portsmouth – Then, After and Now is available (£9.99) from Waterstones, Commercial Road; The Cathedral Bookshop; New 2 U, Cosham, and JG Riley, Locksway Road, Milton.

Ewart Road today with the houses almost as they were before the bombing.