The First Blitz

Andrew Hyde

Date Published :
August 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781591246
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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In 1917, the Germans launched a major air campaign against the British mainland, which shocked the whole nation and terrorized the southeast of England.

These attacks by German bombers caused hundreds of deaths and injuries, but until now, the full details of these raids have NEVER before been told. These range from the massacre of Canadian troops resting in Folkstone on May 25, 1917, to the widespread carnage of shoppers a couple of miles away in the city center. Who is any the wiser that Sherness, then a major dockyard for the Royal Navy, barely escaped a similar fate when it too was singled out for the same treatment or that a 50kg bomb struck Upper North Street School in London’s Poplar on June 13, 1917. It not only took the lives of 18 schoolchildren, many as young as 5 years, but also crippled and mutilated twice as many again. Terrible as this was, it was just one of scores of similar tragedies, which terrified the populace of London and horrified the world.

The account of this campaign plus the political and military circumstances surrounding it, follows years of original and painstaking research, interviews and correspondence with those who remember that period.

About The Author

Born in Dagenham, Essex in 1961 Andrew Hyde has been interested in history ever since he was enthralled as a child by stories of life in London in the Second World War. This interest developed into a desire to research and write on the subject. He was a major contributor to the three volume work 'The Blitz - Then and Now' which is a detailed, day by day account of the German air campaign against Britain between 1939-1945. His other published work includes 'Pearl Harbor - Then and Now. In 2007 he appeared in and contributed to, a BBC Timewatch programme - 'The First Blitz', based upon his book.

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