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Inferno : the fiery destruction of Hamburg, 1943

Author: Keith Lowe; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the summer of 1943, British and American bombers launched an attack on the German city of Hamburg unlike anything the world had ever seen. For ten days they pounded the city with over 9,000 tons of bombs. The firestorm they created was visible for 200 miles, and pockets burned for a month. The people of Hamburg had no time to understand what had hit them. As they emerged from their cellars and shelters, they were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Lowe; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 9780743269001 0743269004 9780743269018 0743269012
OCLC Number: 77485764
Description: xv, 430 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I: Hamburg --
City on the river --
The Anglophile city --
City of rebellion --
The rise of the Nazis --
Hamburg prepares for war --
Pt. II: Darkness falls from the air --
A brief history of bombing --
The grand alliance --
The British plan --
The first strike --
The devastation begins --
The Americans join the fray --
The Luftwaffe strikes back --
The Americans again --
The eye of the storm --
Concentrated bombing --
Firestorm --
The "terror of Hamburg" --
Coup de grace --
The tempest --
Pt. III: The aftermath --
City of the dead --
Survival --
Famine --
The reckoning --
Redemption.
Responsibility: Keith Lowe.
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In the summer of 1943, British and American bombers launched an attack on the German city of Hamburg unlike anything the world had ever seen. For ten days they pounded the city with over 9,000 tons of bombs. The firestorm they created was visible for 200 miles, and pockets burned for a month. The people of Hamburg had no time to understand what had hit them. As they emerged from their cellars and shelters, they were confronted with a vision of hell: a sea of flame, the burned-out husks of fire engines, roads that had become flaming rivers of melted tarmac, and hurricane-force winds. Writer Lowe interviewed eyewitnesses and gathered together hundreds of documents. His book gives the human side of an inhuman story: the long, tense buildup to the Allied attack; the unparalleled horror of the firestorm itself; and the terrible aftermath.--From publisher description.

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