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Firefighters & the Blitz

Author: Francis Beckett
Publisher: Pontypool, Wales : Merlin, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story of the National Fire Service's origins in the devastation of the Blitz during the Second World War, commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the blitz"--Author's website, Feb. 27, 2012.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Beckett
ISBN: 9780850366730 0850366739
OCLC Number: 665139441
Description: xii, 146 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / by Matt Wrack --
ch. 1. To 3 September 1939 : preparation for war --
ch. 2. 3 September 1939-July 1940 : watching and waiting and polishing brass --
ch. 3. July-7 September 1940 : from the Battle of Britain to the Blitz --
ch. 4. 7 September 1940 : the first night of the Blitz --
ch. 5. 8 September-3 November 1940 : fifty-seven days of non-stop bombing --
ch. 6. 3 November-28 December 1940 : turning on the provincial cities --
ch. 7. 29 December 1940 : the second great fire of London --
ch. 8. 30 December 1940-9 May 1941 : attacks on industrial cities --
ch. 8. 10-11 May 1941 : the longest night --
ch. 10. 12 May 1941-1 February 1942 : the fire service is nationalised --
ch. 11. 1 February 1942-11 June 1944 : the Baedeker Blitz --
ch. 12. 12 June 1944-VE Day : the flying bombs --
ch. 13. After the war.
Other Titles: Firefighters and the Blitz
Responsibility: Francis Beckett.

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As war approached Europe in 1939 the fear of bombing was palpable, and this history reviews how public services prepared for attacks, demonstrating how fire brigades played a crucial role in  Read more...

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