London: Bombed, Blitzed and Blown Up

The British Capital Under Attack Since 1867

Ian Jones MBE

Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
32 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473878990
Pages : 512
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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When it comes to being bombed, London is unique. Although it cannot claim to be the most bombed capital city in terms of the weight of explosive detonated it has endured the most varied and unrelenting attack since the discovery of explosives.

From the first Irish Republican bomb in 1867, London and its population have been under almost constant assault. Terrorism features in virtually every decade from the 1860s to the present and has caused much damage, particularly during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

However, by far the greatest destruction was from the air. The Zeppelin and Gotha bomber raids in the First World War being but a foretaste of what would happen in the Second. Then the capital was devastated, firstly by the Luftwaffe’s aeroplanes and then Hitler’s ‘vengeance’ weapons, the V-1s and V-2s. After the Second World War the bombers returned, in the form of the IRA and then the homegrown terrorists of 2005.

Written by a former Explosives Officer who worked for the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police, this is the most comprehensive record of Britain’s capital under attack that has ever been compiled.

About The Author

Ian Jones’s career in bomb disposal spanned thirty-five years. As a major in the British Army he served as CO for all bomb disposal personnel in Northern Ireland. After retirement, Ian served as an Explosives Officer for the Metropolitan Police. Ian was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1993.


"When most people talk about London being bombed, they are talking about the German terror attacks of WWII, but London has a unique history of being bombed from 1867. The author has produced a very readable account of this long history of bomb attacks on Londoners. It is a truly comprehensive account that considers the impact on one of the world’s greatest cities, much recommended."

- FIRE Reviews

One can only be amazed at the amount of bombing that London has suffered through the years in this terrific history of our capital city by Jan Jones. Some of the bombings are obvious, such as those endured during the blitz and during the "troubles". Others are less well known. Amazing.

- Books Monthly

"The book can go into depth in terms of detail, giving plenty of information about explosives used in particular incidents and the effect of them on those unfortunate enough to be in the area where bombs were detonated. Don't be put off by this level of detail, though. Although there are plenty of statistics and nitty-gritty, underneath are fascinating stories of a city under attack, of those killed or injured by those attacks - and of those whose jobs it had been to deal with the aftermath of terror."

- Your Family History, April 2017

For those interested in the individual human aspects and the technicalities this is an excellent read.

- North West Labour History Journal

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