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When the Second World War began, Leeds was a major centre for textiles, clothing, optics and heavy engineering. These industries were transformed to support the war effort. I'm initially presenting research about industrial production in the Miscellaneous section.

Surprisingly, Leeds was subjected to very few air raids throughout the war:


The city was raided by aircraft nine times, only six of which were serious.
Owen A. Hartley, 'The Second World War and after' in Derek Fraser (ed), A History of Modern Leeds, P443

Damage and casualties were both low:

Throughout the war 77 people were killed by bombing, 71 seriously [injured] and 249 slightly wounded by enemy action, and 7 injured by the shell fragments of the anti-aircraft defence system.
Owen A. Hartley, 'The Second World War and after' in Derek Fraser (ed), A History of Modern Leeds, P443

There appears to be very little online information about Leeds during the war - I'm concentrating my research on local newspaper archives, history books and other local sources of information. Research is both presented chronologically, and focused on certain locations in the city.
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1939

First precautionary evacuations and the introduction of ration books.
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1940

A memory of Dunkirk casualties arriving in Leeds. First air raid on Leeds in September. War Weapons Week.
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1941

Biggest air raid on Leeds occurred in March.
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1942

Winston Churchill visits Leeds in May. Warships Week later in the year.
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1943

Wings for Victory Week in late June/early July.
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1944

Salute The Soldier Week.
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City Museum

Bombed in the air raid of 14/15 March 1941.
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Quarry Hill

Major landmark of Leeds until 1978, when they were demolished, and the subject of the book, 'Model Estate' by Alison Ravetz. Hit during a raid in 1940.
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Town Hall

Bombed in the air raid of 14/15 March 1941. Also, Winston Churchill spoke from the steps in May 1942.
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Miscellaneous Research

Air raid shelters, City Square, City Varieties, Home Guard, wartime industries.
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