The old city of Portsmouth took a terrible battering during the war, with the areas of Portsea and Landport - because of the nearness to the dockyard and the mighty battleships - becoming a prime target for Luftwaffe pilots.
During those harrowing war years thousands of homes and public buildings were lost, especially on the terrible night of January 10, 1941, when 25,000 incendiaries and numerous high-explosive bombs rained upon the city, which at one time had 28 major fires buring and no water supply to tackle them.
After the war the people began to rebuild their shattered lives, and the city fathers faced the task of reconstructing Portsmouth. But before work could begin the dangerous bomb sites had to be made safe - by shoring up buildings which could be rebuilt, and by clearing the rubble of those with no hope.
In this unique collection of over 120 images, local journalist and author Anthony Triggs shows the way the city changed as the demolition crews went to work, and how the gaping wounds of the city were cleaned and cleared to make way for the new Portsmouth.