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Front Line Charlton

 

Luftwaffe target map from WW2 pointing out Siemens & other factories on the streets where Charlton were formed.

You can clearly see the Valley just below the red target area yet the Valley only took one direct hit.

From the Greenwich Heritage Archive.



Comments

  • Must've been bloody terrifying.
  • Can see the house that my dad lived at the time on that photo. A few months later he was off to join the Navy aged 17.
  • The 'Layers of London' project has the London County Council's bomb damage maps which show building by building - here

    colour indicates how badly damaged - black means building totally destroyed, purple is damaged beyond repair, then red, orange, yellow being minor damage.  the circles indicate a V1 or V2 landing.  (green is 'clearance area' - bits that the LCC was either rebuilding before the war, or was just about to)

    maps cover the old county of London, so today's Lewisham and Greenwich boroughs, but not Bexley or Bromley.

    Mum-Cat would have been 6 and a bit when the war ended - mostly living round the Belvedere / Dartford patch.  She once heard a V1 'doodlebug' stop overhead (if you heard them stop, you were actually usually safe, as they would glide on for a bit before they came down and went bang, but...)
  • The road I grew up on is in that photo. Kinveachy Gardens. The house was badly bomb damaged during WWII by a bomb that flattened about nine houses right opposite. Fortunately before my time.
  • Our double agents were feeding the Nazis intelligence on impact of V bombs and the Nazis were led to believe more were falling in the North West of London than intended.  This led to many being directed South east of actual targets and landing in non-industrial parts of South East London including the Charlton area.

    A controversial piece of deception to divert deaths from one area to another to reduce overall mortality.

  • Our double agents were feeding the Nazis intelligence on impact of V bombs and the Nazis were led to believe more were falling in the North West of London than intended.  This led to many being directed South east of actual targets and landing in non-industrial parts of South East London including the Charlton area.

    A controversial piece of deception to divert deaths from one area to another to reduce overall mortality.

    I believe  it was Churchill's idea . He wanted them to fall in the countryside which then was West of Carford towards Bromley and Orpington. 

    Charlton and NW Kent plus Woolwich were place they didn't  want hit due to the war industrial effort. 
  • Our double agents were feeding the Nazis intelligence on impact of V bombs and the Nazis were led to believe more were falling in the North West of London than intended.  This led to many being directed South east of actual targets and landing in non-industrial parts of South East London including the Charlton area.

    A controversial piece of deception to divert deaths from one area to another to reduce overall mortality.

    I believe  it was Churchill's idea . He wanted them to fall in the countryside which then was West of Carford towards Bromley and Orpington. 

    Charlton and NW Kent plus Woolwich were place they didn't  want hit due to the war industrial effort. 
    I read somewhere that Danson lake was drained as it was used as an aiming point for hitting Woolwich and the docks.
  • I only found this out a couple of years ago. If you go into Oxleas Woods and head for the wonderful cafe at the top of the slope and look down the hill towards Rochester Way and Eltham. Towards the bottom the whole area flattens out. This was the site during WWII of an Italian POW camp. Apparently the prisoners were no bother and were often seen strolling through Welling. In dry weather you can still make out the footprint of the camp through the grass.
  • Account here of pow camp on the other side of shooters hill. Chalton content too, then a contributer at the very end asks about an Italian pow camp 'just off rochester way':

    http://e-shootershill.co.uk/2015/06/11/prisoner-of-war-working-company-1020-shooters-hill/
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  • My dad lived in Plum Lane, always loved telling the story of going out & picking up shrapnel to compare with his mates at school and watching the AA Battery’s on Bostall Heath firing into the night skies. 
  • edited June 14
    Gun emplacements on Bostall Heath (always take an opportunity to post a link to this site : )
    https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/spy/#zoom=16.390217746887455&lat=51.48015&lon=0.11993&layers=170&b=1&r=50
  • Time Team did an episode on Shooters Hill and the defensive emplacements based there...

    Time Team Season 15, Episode 6 Blitzkrieg on Shooters Hill Shooters Hill, London - YouTube
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