National Geographic : 1941 Apr
Everyday Life in Wartime England 521 Photograph from British Combine Telephone Cables Cross a London Bomb Crater on a Temporary Bridge Keeping millions of wires straight is an almost incredible task, but seldom has there been a time when service has not been available even during severest air raids. Sometimes the shock of a blast alone "scrambles" hundreds of wires in a cable. Each one must be checked by the repairmen. "I never picked up a phone without getting my number," writes the author, who was in London during intensive bombing attacks in 1940.