How Kent helped save London during the Second World War

Contributed by editor on Feb 19, 2017 - 04:35 PM

By Dana Wiffen

It is well known that Kent became the cushion for London as the Germans tried to bring the capital to its knees.

Up to the Summer of 1944 Kent alone had been hit by 2,400 Doodle Bugs, with 1,388 of the flying bombs shot down on Kentish soil and over 1,000 into the sea off the Kent coast.

This resulted in 152 deaths and 1,716 people injured while there was vast damage to buildings across the County.

Printed in The Kent Messenger was a recognition to Kent and its people which read:


“Maidstone, Tonbridge, Bridge-Blean, Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Dartford, Swanscombe, Maidstone, New Romney, Hythe, Tenterden, Cranbrook, Sittingbourne, Sevenoaks, Dover, Ashford and The Medway Group of Towns all suffered severe casualties during August alone.”

Clearly the people of Kent stood together as all hell was unleashed on them and as Kent took the brunt of the attacks the county helped to save the capital being reduced to total rubble when the War was slowly turning in favour of The Allies.

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Both Kent and Sussex were pounded by aerial attacks that never reached London with many flying bombs shot down, or simply falling from the sky as they ran out of fuel.

In Tunbridge Wells, it suffered 159 high explosives and around 1,500 incendiaries dropped on it throughout the War as the image from an old map printed in the Tunbridge Wells Courier on 27th October 1944  illustrates with a peppering of dots.


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Top image: Telegraph Invasion Map

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