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The Bombing of Bath Paperback – 15 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Folly Books Ltd; 2nd ed, extended text with additional illustrations edition (15 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956440517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956440518
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the nights of 25th and 26th April, 1942 the Blitz came to Bath. High explosive bombs dropped by the bombers of Luftflotte III killed over 400 people, totally destroyed 329 properties, wrecked 700 more so severely that they had to be demolished and inflicted some degree of damage on at least 1,900 buildings.

The bombing, one of a series on British 'cultural' targets, was ordered by Hitler in retaliation for British strikes against Lubeck. They became known as 'Baedeker' raids after a German official mentioned the famous guide book in connection with them.

There was widespread public indignation at the wanton destruction of a historic and defenceless city (Bath was devoid of anti-aircraft protection), though a few, perversely, seemed to find satisfaction that Bath had come fsace-to-face with the reality of war.

In this thoroughly researched book Niall Rothnie provides the definitive history of the raids and their aftermath. He has woven the accounts of children, ARP wardens, soldiers home on leave, ambulance drivers, doctors, housewives and many others to produce a blow-by-blow account, interspersed with official statistics and German and British military reports.

The result is of interest not only to all who know and love Bath, but to all who are curious about how a community can react to a sudden and destructive crisis.

About the Author

Niall Rothnie is a former history teacher at Bath's prestigious King Edward's School and is now a member of the senior management team at St. Mary's College at Crosby in Liverpool. His other publications include 'The Baedeker Blitz: Hitler's Attack on Britain's Historic Cities'. (Ian Allan 1992).



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