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Three Nights' Blitz Free Resources

Three Nights Blitz Schools

The Three Nights' Blitz was the heavy and prolonged bombing of Swansea by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War.  The bombing took place on the 19, 20 and 21 February 1941.  A total of 230 people were killed and 397 were injured.

Pupils use the following sources to find out more about how the Second World War changed Swansea: maps and photographs

Start here  Three Nights' Blitz worksheet (PDF) [528KB]


TNB Photos
Photographs (PDF) [4MB]

  • 10 x Photographs of Swansea before the Three Nights' Blitz
  • 10 x Photographs of Swansea after the Three Nights' Blitz
  • 10 x Captions



TNB Maps
Maps (PDF) [2MB]

  • Swansea Centre Map - 3rd edition, 6" Ordnance Survey Sheet 24, 1919
  • German Target Map, 1941
  • Swansea Centre Map - 4th edition, 6" Ordnance Survey Sheet 24, 1949



TNB Sheets


TNB Sheets 2





The Archives have used the Diary of James R John, a member of the Home Guard to create a short film about his recollections of the Three Nights' Blitz.

    An interview with Elaine Kidwell, the youngest ARP Warden during the Three Nights' Blitz (courtesy of Peter Hall).

    This is a radio style play called Goat Street Runners by Adrian Metcalfe and produced by The Lighthouse Theatre. It is based on real life events during the Three Nights' Blitz.

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