Hull at War 1939–45

The Air Raids

David Bilton, Malcolm K Mann

As in the Great War, Hull was a prime target for the bombs of the German air force when the Second World War began, particularly as it was common knowledge that prior to September 1939, German planes had over flown the city taking pictures, and German sailors had visited the port and city.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
Illustration :
25 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473860902
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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As in the Great War, Hull was a prime target for the bombs of the German air force when the Second World War began, particularly as it was common knowledge that prior to September 1939, German planes had over flown the city taking pictures, and German sailors had visited the port and city. Throughout the war, each night the citizens of the city waited for the sound of the sirens telling them to get to their shelters. There were many false alarms but there were also many raids, so many that Hull has the dubious distinction of being the most bombed city in the country, after London, but compared to its size, the damage and number of casualties were even more devastating.

In the book are numerous photographs, many never previously published, which detail the effects of the raid on the city. Also included are extensive lists of the casualties caused by the bombing and by the blackout. This book is the first to detail every known raid and provides new evidence about previously unreported attacks using contemporary documents. Some parts of the story of the raids are harrowing and show the perils of daily life in a city during the blitz.

About The Author
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David Bilton is a retired teacher who spends his time looking after his family, working as a University lecturer and researching the Great War. He is the prolific author of numerous books about the British Army, the Home Front and the German Army. His first book, The Hull Pals, became the BBC 2 series The Trench. Since he started writing he has contributed to many television and radio programmes. His interest in the Great War was ignited by his grandfather's refusal to talk about his experiences in Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

Malcolm Mann is a military historian with over thirty-five years’ experience. A lifelong Hull resident, he has researched many topics relating to the history of Hull, including a full history of the Hull Blitz and its casualties, and several titles relating to the history of the Hull Pals and the 11th East Yorkshire Regiment in both World Wars. He was also employed as an advisor/researcher on BBC’s popular First World War series, The Trench and has contributed to other radio and TV programmes.

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