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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 Swansea's Three Nights' Blitz

We made this film from photographs in our holdings to tell the story of three terrible nights in February 1941.

Remembering the Swansea Blitz

Throughout the Second World War, the Luftwaffe bombed South Wales. This is our memorial to the civilian war dead of West Glamorgan.

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.