They indicated the location of shelters and the water supply for firefighters

The signs related to World War II air raids surviving in British cities

Several cities in the United Kingdom experienced a brutal wave of German aerial bombardment between 1940 and 1941: the offensive known as the Blitz.

An autumn walk through a playground and the center of Kiev after a Russian missile attack
An air raid shelter from the World War II today abandoned but still with light

Due to these attacks, many air-raid shelters were built, and in the case of London the subway was used for that purpose. The British civil defense organized a system of signs to indicate to the population the location of these shelters and thus facilitate their safe removal as quickly as possible. Signs were also painted to indicate people where they could find water after these bombings (since the supply pipes were destroyed in many cases).

A World War II bomb shelter indicator in Frankham Street, London (Photo: Blitzwalkers).

Indications were also painted for the firefighters, in order to be able to locate the hydrants to connect their hoses and put out the numerous fires that these attacks caused. A few days ago, Mark Felton, who publishes very interesting military history content on YouTube , dedicated a video to explaining the meaning of these symbols that many Britons today are probably unaware of:

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