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The first day of the blitz : September 7, 1940

Author: Peter Stansky
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007.
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"On September 7, 1940, the long-feared and anticipated attack by the German Luftwaffe plunged London into a cauldron of fire and devastation. This compelling book recreates that day in all its horror, using rich archival sources and first-hand accounts, many never before published. Eminent historian Peter Stansky weaves together the stories of people who recorded their experiences of the opening hours of the Blitz.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stansky, Peter, 1932-
First day of the blitz.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Stansky
ISBN: 9780300125566 0300125569 9780300143355 0300143354
OCLC Number: 86109989
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The beginning "In the perspective of history, the Lesson of London may be that 'Black Saturday', September 7th, 1940 was as significant in its own way--as Bastille Day, July 14th, 1789." --
Preparing for war "Men tend their gardens undisturbed" --
September 7, 1940 "Everything looked liked fairyland" --
The second raid "The peace was shattered" --
Civil defence "You just headed for the glow in the sky" --
Picking up the pieces "It almost broke our hearts" --
The people's war "It's our nerve versus his" --
An ideal but impermanent city "Whoever gets it next, it won't be you" --
The Myth, the Reality "Our power to cope with fear."
Responsibility: Peter Stansky.
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On September 7, 1940, the Blitz began. The strategic bombing of London, by over one thousand planes on that night alone, was recognised at the time as being a direct measure to break the country's  Read more...


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"'Stansky makes well-judged use of eyewitness accounts to highlight the reality behind the myth. Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times 'He offers a vivid account of how Londoners withstood attack. Recent Read more...

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