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Three Nights' Blitz

The bombing of Swansea by the Luftwaffe in World War Two culminated in three nights of devastation on 19, 20 and 21 February 1941. The centre of Swansea was turned from bustling streets to a pile of rubble.

February 2021 is 80 years since the bombing that changed the face of Swansea forever. To mark the anniversary we have gathered together information from West Glamorgan Archive Service, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and other sections of the council. 

The story of the Swansea's Three Nights' Blitz

There is no film footage of the Three Nights' Blitz, so to tell the story of those three terrible nights, we have made this film from contemporary photographs among our holdings.

Remembering the Blitz

Throughout the Second World War, Luftwaffe bombers targeted towns in South Wales. Swansea was by far the hardest hit and nearly 400 people were killed between 1940 and 1943, the majority of them in the Three Nights' Blitz, 19-21 February 1941, which laid waste the centre of the town. This is our memorial to the civilian war dead, not just of Swansea, but of Neath Port Talbot as well.

The Three Nights' Blitz

A look at some photographs of Swansea before and after the Three Nights' Blitz.

Paintings of the aftermath of the Three Nights' Blitz

Local artist Will Evans captured the devastating scenes through a series of paintings, which are part of the City and County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery collection. This link takes you to the Glynn Vivian website.

Buy The Three Nights' Blitz by Dr John Alban

The author has brought together in this work a series of contemporary reports from British and German sources which, collectively, throw a great deal of light on these raids. This link takes you to the Swansea Shop website.

Swansea Libraries, Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Museum

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Three Nights Blitz and we are commemorating this by sharing stories, photographs and talks from our Cultural Services venues.