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The Blitz: An Illustrated History (General Military) Hardcover – 10 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Edition edition (10 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084246
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Divided into several sections, each covering a specific place and time period, we now get to see what the blitz was like and how it changed the face of the towns it affected and the lives of the people involved ... A superb book with clear and crisp images shown in landscape format it is an excellent chronicle of this period of British history."
- Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness "(November 2010)
"Covering in detail all the major bombing sprees geographically and chronologically, The Blitz: An Illustrated Histoy combines compelling prose, reams of personal testimony, and most importantly photographs, to bring the reader nearly into the experience and will leave them with a deep respect for WWII-era city-dwelling Britons."
- Kathryn Atwood, www.curledup.com
"This is a gripping story. Mortimer has an eye for telling details which vividly portray the terror and the surreality of the Blitz." -Brett Holman, www.airminded.org
"Mortimer's arresting re-creations o

"This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the this story of World War Two. Highly recommended!" -Frederick Boucher, "AeroScale"
"Divided into several sections, each covering a specific place and time period, we now get to see what the blitz was like and how it changed the face of the towns it affected and the lives of the people involved ... A superb book with clear and crisp images shown in landscape format it is an excellent chronicle of this period of British history." -Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness "(November 2010)
"Covering in detail all the major bombing sprees geographically and chronologically, The Blitz: An Illustrated Histoy combines compelling prose, reams of personal testimony, and most importantly photographs, to bring the reader nearly into the experience and will leave them with a deep respect for WWII-era city-dwelling Britons."
- Kathryn Atwood, www.curledup.com
"This is a gripping story. Mortimer has an eye for telling details which vividly portray the terror and the surreality of the Blitz." -Brett Holman, www.airminded.org
"Mortimer s arresting re-creations of these many and varied experiences from the heart-wrenching to the surreal are gracefully woven from newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews, and unfold in perfect counterpoint to the images."
-Gene Santoro, World War II Magazine (May/June 2011)
..".uses photos from the Mirror newspaper group to capture the experience of the Blitz of 1940-41. Mnay images here haven't seen publication before: they were censored during the war and only appear here seventy years later. Images blend with newspaper articles, diary entries, and more to compile a vivid 'you are there' repeort packed with over 200 period photographs." - "The Midwest Book Review""

This is a gripping story. Mortimer has an eye for telling details which vividly portray the terror and the surreality of the Blitz. "Brett Holman, www.airminded.org"

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the this story of World War Two. Highly recommended! "Frederick Boucher, AeroScale"

Mortimer's arresting re-creations of these many and varied experiences--from the heart-wrenching to the surreal--are gracefully woven from newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews, and unfold in perfect counterpoint to the images. "Gene Santoro, World War II Magazine (May/June 2011)"

Divided into several sections, each covering a specific place and time period, we now get to see what the blitz was like and how it changed the face of the towns it affected and the lives of the people involved ... A superb book with clear and crisp images shown in landscape format it is an excellent chronicle of this period of British history. "Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (November 2010)"

Covering in detail all the major bombing sprees geographically and chronologically, The Blitz: An Illustrated Histoy combines compelling prose, reams of personal testimony, and most importantly photographs, to bring the reader nearly into the experience and will leave them with a deep respect for WWII-era city-dwelling Britons. "Kathryn Atwood, www.curledup.com"

...uses photos from the Mirror newspaper group to capture the experience of the Blitz of 1940-41. Mnay images here haven't seen publication before: they were censored during the war and only appear here seventy years later. Images blend with newspaper articles, diary entries, and more to compile a vivid 'you are there' repeort packed with over 200 period photographs. "The Midwest Book Review""

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A testament to Britain's darkest days this volume vividly brings to life an extraordinary period in British history.

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I knew this would be a book well worth having because I already have another book written by Gavin Mortimer on the Blitz called 'The Longest Night.' I felt proud to be British as I read this book and feel honoured to have been born part of this island race, who stood alone in the world's darkest hours against the might of Nazi Germany. My own family were victims in 1940 and I was deprived from never knowing my maternal grandmother and two aunts. They died along with 3 lodgers in the house (one being a baby not yet two) and my dear, late mother was rescued from the coal cellar after the Fire brigade from a station about 100 yards away drove past because they were on their way to another call.
I read with disgust about the looting that went on and wondered why they didn't do as the Mirror suggested and 'Hang Them.'
I was pleasantly surprised at how many photos I had never seen before, not just the ones deemed bad for morale or too informative for the Germans by the censor. A wonderful pictorial tome that deserves to be in the collections of anyone interested in these proud years of our history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 8 Dec. 2010
By Kathryn Atwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Blitz - the German attempt to gain a voluntary surrender from Great Britain by bombing her cities during WWII - has long been a symbol of British stubbornness and resilience. Gavin Mortimer's new (and oversized) book on the subject is riveting in that it brings the time and place to life with descriptive narrative, firsthand accounts and, above all, photographs: one on nearly every page and some of them never before published.

Wartime censors were apparently responsible for keeping some of these photos a secret for the purposes of morale (though why they were kept secret for decades after the war is puzzling). Mortimer points out that the wartime editorial board of the Daily Mirror - the archive from which these photos emanated - was initially responsible for creating the image of the stiff, undefeatable Briton who would never surrender to the Nazi destruction.

However, it is patently obvious from this book that the British stiff upper lip was not merely the creation of an editorial board. Mortimer illuminates this clearly while describing the effects on the populace of the bombing of London:

"Remarkably, far from demoralizing Londoners such horrific incidents unified them, bringing them closer together. By the end of October [1940]... the only social division that existed after a month of continual bombing was between those who had remained in the capital, defiant in the face of the bombing, and those who had fled to the safety of the countryside... All those who carried on as normal, all those who could `Take It,' experienced a camaraderie the like of which London had never before known. The Blitz, literally and metaphorically, was a great leveler. A person's wealth or accent no longer mattered.."

But how the wartime Brits maintained that legendary spine is quite amazing, especially as the bombing continued with wearying regularity and even more so when the sprees became terrifyingly sporadic. Throughout, Mortimer describes in detail the different types of bombs (i.e. firebombs, then later in the timeline, V-1 buzz bombs and V-2 rockets) and their effects on the structures and people of Britain.

Covering in detail all the major bombing sprees geographically and chronologically, The Blitz: An Illustrated History combines compelling prose, reams of personal testimony, and most importantly photographs, to bring the reader nearly into the experience and will leave them with a deep respect for WWII-era city-dwelling Britons.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The London Blitz in Human Terms! 27 Jan. 2011
By Mike O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mention of 'the Blitz' inevitably brings to mind images of St. Paul's Cathedral surrounded by towering walls of fire as pitiless German bombers carry out their terror raids. Gavin Mortimer'S THE BLITZ, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY reminds us the Blitz was not about historic buildings being destroyed but about innocent men, women and children struggling to survive in a total war. In words and photographs, he presents a vivid and quite affecting portrait of British citizens at war.

During World War II, 61,000 British civilians were killed by enemy action. Another 86,000 suffered serious injuries. The bulk of those fatalities occurred in London which underwent unending night attacks in the fall of 1940 culminating in the horrendous 29 December 1940 raid. In 1944 and '45, death revisited Londoners in the form of V-1s and V-2s. Other cities also suffered from the senseless Luftwaffe attacks which were designed to break British morale...but never did.

THE BLITZ takes a chronological look at Luftwaffe attacks on England's cities, combining hundreds of evocative photographs with personal accounts from blitz victims that are, by turn, touching, inspiring and heartbreaking. The photographs run the gamut from images of London ablaze to exhausted firefighters battling blazes to rescue workers digging out trapped victims to children playing in the rubble of what was once a block of housing.

Reading some of the survivors' accounts can be quite an emotional experience. The one that got to me was the 17 March 1941 reminiscence of fireman Hugh Varah who spotted what looked like a rag in a wrecked building. In brushing debris away, he saw that it was a child's arm. Continuing his frantic efforts, he saw a second child in the rubble and then "that's as far as my memory will allow me to go." Minutes later, Varah's companions saw him staggering from the building. Over his shoulder, he carried the decapitated body of a small boy. In his arms, he had the lifeless body of the boy's sister. As a policeman gently took the dead girl from Varah, the shell-shocked Varah cautioned him: "Please don't wake her. She's only sleeping."

Ultimately, THE BLITZ is equal parts horror and inspiration. Despite hundreds of raids that killed thousands and people and devastated large areas of London and other British cities, the people did not give up...and, in the end, triumphed. Their story is well-told in this poignant 2010 Osprey Publishing release. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No military history collection should be without! 15 Feb. 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A top pick is Gavin Mortimer's THE BLITZ: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, which uses photos from the Mirror newspaper group to capture the experience of the Blitz of 1940-41. Many images here haven't seen publication before: they were censored during the war and only appear here seventy years later. Images blend with newspaper articles, diary entries, and more to compile a vivid 'you are there' report packed with over 200 period photographs. No military history collection should be without!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures Are Worth The Buy 4 Aug. 2015
By Chickygrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love hearing how people lived during the war This was easy to read and interesting pictures
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