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Birds Eye Wartime Leicestershire 1939-1945: Maps and Aerial Photographs: A Synoptic View of Wartime Leicestershire Paperback – 23 Feb 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: TCC Publications; 1st Edition edition (23 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953449718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953449712
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 19.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...practically every page has a vertical photograph, each superbly reproduced and all the relevant airfields are included."

(Barry Abraham) -- Airfield Review, July 2002

"It is a remarkable, never-seen-before dot-by-dot detail of World War Two destruction in Leicestershire..." -- Adam Wakelin, Leicester Mercury, April 18, 2002

...is a fascinating read, not just for those who are sixty years plus, but also for much younger people. -- The Hinckley Times, July 25, 2002, by Michael Roberts

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This book was bought as a birthday present and went down a treat, the recipient thought it was great, some interesting facts about our local area, I'm sure they'll be visiting some of the sites mentioned.
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I was just 1 year old at the time of the 'blitz' on Leicester in 1940. The detailed maps of bombing etc made me realise just how luck I was to have slept through it in the Anderson shelter as several bombs fell nearby apparently. I clearly recall that a 3 or 4 years later we used to go out to 'play on the bomb site' which had been the house that one of my small friends grandparents had been killed in!
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This is a book of aerial photographs and maps of Leicester and its county. One Luftwaffe photo, taken in September 1930 shows my childhood home. This gives a feeling if immediacy and importance is an otherwise rather repetitive series. For anyone interested in the structures of war this is a vital book: full of interest.
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This very interesting glossy book provides a different and refreshing take on the traditional 'My County at War' local history. Instead of the usual posed propaganda pictures, Terry and his son Clive have gone to great lengths (and personal expense!) to research the wartime RAF aerial photographs held at Swindon. Coupled with professional cartographer Clive's computer generated maps and simulations, the result is very interesting, revealing where the bombs fell, even down to where the army camps were based in the city. Be prepared for saying plenty of 'Ooh - I didn't know a bomb dropped there/there was an air raid shelter there/anti-aircraft battery in ther park on my street' etc. You'll spend hours looking over the photos. There is even the first complete and meticulously researched bomb map of the county, plus aerial photos of all the local airfields. This will be very useful for archaeologists and historians of the future - and at a great price too. Yet another worthy contribution by Messrs Cartwright to Leicester(shire)'s wartime history, which was in danger of being forgotten and overlooked(no pun intended!).
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Brilliant maps and photos. Had a hard time hanging on to it as everyone in the pub had to have a look.
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