In war as in peace the london underground less vulnerable than the surface links but by no means immune continued to function despite frequent disruption and the shortage of both personnel and matriel. In london underground at war nick cooper examines the impact of the war on the running of the tube and the plans to protect the system he asks what life was like for those who sought safety underground and pays tribute to the many shelterers who lost their lives in the raids. Some problems such as the risk of a catastrophic flooding of the underground network were anticipated but the enduring image of the blitz is the sponta alexander kordas 1936 film the shape of things to come predicted the nightmare of aerial bombing against london. The war saw growth in traffic and a shortage of men so women were recruited as temporary replacements in traditional mens jobs such as guards clerks painters and cleaners london saw its first air raids in 1915 and people used the tube stations as bomb shelters the london underground an illustrated history
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