- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (29 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057121794X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571217946
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blitz: The Story of 29th December 1940 Hardcover – 29 Sep 2005
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'A first-rate work of popular history, 'Blitz' is a tribute to the ordinary Britons who found within themselves extraordinary courage.' -- Yorkshire Post
'An enormously exciting read . . . Gaskin conveys the full drama of that day with a frequently nail-biting, tick-tock narrative.' -- Sunday Herald
'Horror and heroism . . . As an epic of historical reconstruction, it is deftly done.' -- The Times
'London's Blitz was a triumph of grim determination and jocular defiance, and Gaskin does it full and subtle justice.' -- Sunday Times
'The careful mining of a rich vein of memoirs and diaries . . . give real value to the account.' -- Daily Telegraph
Blitz: The Story of 29 December 1940 by Margaret Gaskin is a stunningly vivid and immediate work of historical storytelling, telling the true story of 'the second great fire of London.'See all Product description
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The early chapters of this book paint a picture of London as it was in those last few hours before the raid. The city was ancient and steeped in history, it was a city of medieval guilds, Georgian mansions and Victorian bureaucracy that sat at the heart of an Empire. It was a city that was old, immutable, rooted in history and in tradition. It was a hub of business, industry and commerce. And for all these reasons and more, it lay indefensible in the face of Nazi night bombing raids.
After six months of the Blitz, and victory in the Battle of Britain, most Londoners had learned to `just get on with it'. It has become a cliche but a cup of tea really was viewed as the universal panacea for all ills. It also helped that most Londoners were also just a little bit crazy. Reaction to the Blitz - even in the darkest hour - ranged from the typically British `not to bad' to ` mustn't grumble' !
Britain stood alone with the tide of war raging around it. It had seen off invasion - just - but now Hitler was intent on wearing down the British in an all out war of attrition. The Luftwaffe - having failed to take control of the air during the day - were intent on making the night their hunting ground. The X-Verfahren (X-System) was a new guidance technique which used highly focused beams of radio waves to enable suitably equipped aircraft to navigate in the pitch black of night, and hit targets with incredible accuracy.Read more ›
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If you love London, you'll love this. If, like me, you loathe the place, you might find it hard work, especially the first half. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Huffypufferfish