1940s

The Great Blizzard of 1947 in New York City

The Great Blizzard of 1947 in New York City

In December 1947, a huge, historic storm dumped record levels of snow on the northeastern United States. The Great Blizzard of 1947 was a snowfall that began on Christmas without prediction and brought the northeastern United States to a standstill. The snowstorm was described as the worst blizzard after 1888. The storm was not accompanied by high winds, but the…
London transport in the 1940s

London transport in the 1940s

In all the history of transport in London, there are periods that could be considered with the benefit of hindsight to be pivotal. Years such as 1933, with the creation of the London Passenger Transport Board; 1952, with the running of the final trams and 1962, with the last trolleybus conversion, were undoubtedly significant years, but it is hard to…
Berlin in Ruins in 1945

Berlin in Ruins in 1945

After the war ends on 8 May 1945, much of Berlin is nothing but rubble: 600,000 apartments have been destroyed, and only 2.8 million of the city’s original population of 4.3 million still live in the city. In accordance with an agreement signed by the Allies, the city is divided into four sectors and administered jointly by the occupying powers,…