The most dramatic and shocking photos of the Sheffield Blitz

Seventy eight years ago today Sheffield suffered one of its darkest days as the German Luftwaffe blitzed the city with a barrage of bombs, causing huge destruction and killing hundreds of people.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 1:56 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 2:00 pm
The Sheffield Blitz

These dramatic images are a powerful record of that awful night in December 1940.

This building in the city centre was one of many engulfed in fire
Sheffield city centre's main street suffered huge damage

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More than 10,000 incendiary bombs were dropped on the city
The area around Haymarket and Fitzalan Square suffered some of the worst damage
Sheffield United's ground was also hit
As well as the city centre residential areas were also badly damaged
70 bodies were pulled from the rubble of the Marples Hotel in Fitzalan Square
Public transport didn't escape the bombing
Sheffield's iconic Redgates store went up in flames
Rescuers sift through the rubble of the Marples hotel
This bus was completely destroyed
Sheffield WVS Mobile canteen in St Mary's Road
People pick through the rubble
Workers repair the badly damaged rail track near Little London Road
This was the scene on The Moor in the aftermath of the raid
More devastation in the city centre
This was the scene in Archibald Road
This tram was badly damaged
There was extensive damage across the city
This man was rescued from the rubble of the Marples hotel
The blitz spirit came to this Sheffield neighbourhood