10 photographs show how the May Blitz ravaged Liverpool 80 years ago
The eight nights of sustained bombing killed 1,746 people and left 75,000 homeless
It's been 80 years since the Lutwaffe's bombs devastated the city and changed its landscape forever.
A week-long campaign of targeted air strikes known as the May Blitz in 1941 brought terror and destruction to the city.
For eight successive nights from May 1, bombs rained down on Liverpool killing 1,746 Merseysiders and injuring 1,154 others.
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More than 90,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and 75,000 people were left homeless.
It was the city's reputation as one of the most vital ports in Europe that made Liverpool a prime target in the early years of the Second World War.
The Nazi war machine soon realised that we were perfectly placed to receive troops, weapons, supplies and other essentials through our docks – the stuff every fighting country needs if it wants to win.
It was also a strategic command point where the war in the Atlantic was concerned.
Thousands of people fled the city each night seeking the safety of the countryside while others gathered in public shelters and in cellars at home as hundreds of bombs rained down, destroying some of the city’s best-known buildings and bringing destruction to long-standing communities.