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The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945 Hardcover – 31 Aug 2015
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The meticulously hand-coloured bomb damage maps of London - in pictures. --The Guardian
A handsome folio ... their [the maps'] utility has been hugely enhanced by presentation in this new format, spacious, scholarly and visually compelling. --Times Literary Supplement
This A-Z of atrocity - which includes 70 stunning photographs of the ruined City - has a terrible beauty. --Evening Standard, Books of the Year
Amazingly compelling. --Country & Town House
Though there is no florid prose or gripping anecdotes, these maps are not mute. This A-Z of destruction tells a powerful story.--The Times
'Beautifully designed, with all illustrations, be they the maps, old documents or the photographs are reproduced to the absolute highest standard … a pleasure to handle and all of the pages lay perfectly flat,' --Reference Reviews
An amazing visual record of what happened to London in the war ... fascinating. --Timeout
The book is immaculately presented and is an essential part of any London-phile's coffee table book collection. --Mapping London
‘Astonishing.’ -- William Boyd’s book of the year, Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Laurence Ward is curator at the London Metropolitan Archives.
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I have been waiting for this book or one like it for years, as my father was in Bomb disposal during the war and I wanted to see where the bombs were.
The only disappointment I have with this book is that it does not show the UXB's that were in London and did not go off. thanks to people like my dad. Maybe someone will publish another book with those marked on maps and with details of the unit that made them safe.
If they included photo's of the units it would be nice and would show what ordinary people did during the war and how they did it.
I was not disappointed in the book at all and it was worth the cost. It is a large format map book and as I said clearly shows the area of the bombs. It has lots of pages.
At the back of the book are photo's of the devastation that some of the bombs caused
Of course, there are geographical limits, but the whole of Central London out to, say, a distance of four miles from the centre, is there.
Really, it is an essential reference book but it also disturbs, recollects, admires and teaches, too - a wonderful thing to have discovered, indeed.
Going forward, it allows a picture to be built up of why houses in a street differ, despite often being rebuilt to be similar. It also shows where and why post war develpment occurred in certain places, and more than that, why many properties even now, clearly show signs of shrapnel and bomb damage remaining, so many, many years later.
The atlas shows the bombing of the area and is valued not only my me but my grandchildren "What was the war like Grandpa?"
The Canadian Red Cross provided us with replacement pots and pans, bedding, incidentals. I am grateful to the CRC for their generosity.
Every school and library should have a copy.
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