Ordinarily, any mention of the word `Blitz' conjures up images from London, Coventry and one or two other cities which suffered at the hands of the Luftwaffe during WW2. Norwich, the county capital of Norfolk, however, is not one of those places which springs readily to mind.
Although I have always lived live in Norfolk, I have rarely visited this city and was, therefore, intrigued to learn of the considerable damage caused during that war. In this well-researched and carefully selected book of photographs, we learn a great deal about the destruction wrought by German bombing raids from that time in history.
Comparing yesterday with today is often fascinating and I suspect more than one resident of the city of Norwich will be found comparing various buildings and locations - as they are now, with the many scenes of devastation depicted in this work. Perhaps the most poignant images are those which show the 15th Century `Boar's Head Public House' as it used to be - on the corner of Surrey Street, and those of the same building utterly destroyed.
Altogether, a fascinating collection of photographs.
Seemed a strange birthday gift and I hoped it wouldn't upset mum. Far from it, she has relished sharing her recollections with the aid of pictures to illustrate the experience. With nothing much going on on her life nowadays, it was a joy to see her do animated talking about the past.