People made homeless by German bombing, Liverpool, World War II, 1941. Carrying whatever belongings they have been able to salvage, women and children walk along a cobbled street after a nightime Luftwaffe air raid in March 1941. Despite their experience, they appear remarkably cheerful. Owing to the importance of its docks, Liverpool was one of the main targets of the German bombing campaign in World War II. Between August 1940 and January 1942 over 4000 people were killed on Merseyside and over 10,000 homes were destroyed by air raids.