London Firemen’s Spare-Time War Work

Issue 6 and Volume 96.

London Firemen’s Spare-Time War Work DURING the blitzes of 1940 and 1941, members of the National Fire Service, both men and women, stationed in the London area were in Britain’s front line as no civilians had ever been before. Their heroism and the dangers they ran have been brilliantly depicted in paintings and photographs by their colleagues—how they worked for hours, sometimes days at a stretch, the lives and treasure they saved, their uncomplaining, matter-of-fact heroism. These men and women are still at their posts, which must he completely prepared for further heavy bombing of the capital. But although they keep up their drills and exercises and the routine work of their stations, they are not as busy as they used to be—not as busy as they feel they ought to be with a war raging. Their comparative idleness, however, is a thing of the past. A few months ago…

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