Foreign News: Out of the Ruins

The blitz raid of Sunday, Dec. 29, 1940, was one of the worst. "The weight of the attack," wrote Sir Winston Churchill later, "centered upon the City of London itself. It was an incendiary classic. Nearly 1,500 fires had to be fought. Eight Wren churches were destroyed or damaged. The Guildhall was smitten by fire and blast, and St. Paul's Cathedral was only saved by heroic exertions. A void of ruin at the very center of the British world gapes upon us to this day." But for all its grim destruction, the "incendiary classic" may yet have some compensations.

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