The London Underground Disaster That Left 173 Dead – And Why It Was Covered Up By The Government

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It’s March 1943 and Nazi bombs are still ravaging the city of London, England. Suddenly, the terrifying sounds of warfare tear through the air, and a mass of panicked citizens head for safety underground. But in their rush to escape the danger from above, they stumble into an even more horrific fate.

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Since 1940 Londoners have been subjected to a succession of enemy bombing raids, with both civilians and buildings sacrificed to the destruction of World War II. And even though the worst is now over, the city and its people remain under threat. In fact, the constant danger is never far from anyone’s mind.

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Then, one evening, a rumor begins to spread. Apparently, German bombers are on their way to the capital, bent on attacking the city under the cover of dark. Soon, the sirens begin to wail, and the sound of strange explosions echoes through the streets. Desperate, the crowds seek shelter below ground.

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