The Blitz - Total Bombs Dropped?

GD2508

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Oct 7, 2021
Does anyone know where I could find a the total number of bombs dropped on the UK during the Blitz?

I can find info for London / UK cities individually, but I am struggling to find an informed estimate (at least) from a reliable source for the number/tonnage of bombs dropped on the whole of the UK between 7th September 1940 and 11th May 1941.

Some I've found so far... - the appendix of 'The Night Blitz: 1940–1941' by John Ray which includes a table with bomb tonnage dropped but only covering 'major' attacks - those being attacks in which at least 100 tons of bombs were dropped on the target.

Following a BBC2 series, there were many articles written (inc. promo from the BBC) which claimed that 'over 450,000' bombs were dropped over Britain during the Blitz. Does anyone happen to know where I could verify?

Would be so appreciative of any suggestions for resources/books/anything that might help verify an approximate total number or tonnage for the UK.

Many thanks!
 
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pbehn

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Oct 30, 2013
Something to consider with German figures is the target itself. Hull was the most bombed out place in UK because not only was it sometimes the primary target it was frequently the secondary target or just a target of opportunity. If conditions were poor and a crew couldnt find a target, if you could find anywhere at all you could find Hull, and its last stop before turning south to Belgium Netherlands. Hull Blitz - Wikipedia
 

EwenS

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Oct 19, 2021
Local authorities in each city/town produced “bomb maps” showing the location of each bomb dropped and are often annotated with the estimated size. Some of these are available on line. Attempts have been made to collate some of this data. The best covered is probably for London on this site:-


Clydebank (on the River Clyde west of Glasgow for anyone not familiar with U.K. geography)

Nottingham
 

RichardSuhkoi

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Apr 27, 2021
A topic only for internal thought and not forum discussion as it causes great upset is the ethics of civilian targeting (as in Ukraine and as in WW2). One of the most surprising things I learned was when a long passed away friend Armand Desormeaux, was asked by his family to move away as they were ashamed of him for bombing civilians in Germany. He explained at dinner how he did feel bad when he saw children running on fire not realizing that his family were not desensitized. He explained he did not pick targets he followed orders and in any case he was a tail gunner. Again, only for internal contemplation. Ethics of war is not simple. That’s why I love the machines but hate the killing.
 

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