World: Little Blitz

Said Winston Churchill: "It's quite like old times again!" But the phrase was not wholly felicitous. To many a Londoner it was not quite like old times. The newest raids somehow did not seem to re-create the mood of grim exaltation in which Britain had ridden out the Great Blitz of 1940-41.

Since then the people had lived through years of shortages, dislocations and exasperations of war. Now they eagerly awaited final victory and some were inclined to relieve strained nerves with a muttered: "Oh my God, is the whole damned thing going to start all over again?"

The newest raids were...