The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua LevineThe Blitz of 1940-41 is one of the most iconic periods in modern British history - and one of the most misunderstood. The Blitz Spirit is often celebrated, whereas others dismiss it as a myth. Joshua Levines thrilling biography rejects the tired arguments and reveals the human truth: the Blitz was a time of extremes of experience and behaviour. People were pulling together and helping strangers, but they were also breaking rules and exploiting each other. Life during wartime, the author reveals, was complex and messy and real.
From the first page readers will discover a different story to the one they thought they knew - from the sacrifices made by ordinary people to a sudden surge in the popularity of nightclubs; from secret criminal trials at the Old Bailey to a Columbine-style murder in an Oxford College. There were new working opportunities for women and clandestine homosexual relationships conducted in the shadows. The Blitz also allowed for a melting pot of cultures: whilst prayers were offered up in a south London mosque, Jamaican sailors crossed the country. Unlikely friendships were fostered and surprising sexualities explored - these years saw a boom in prostitution and even the emergence of a popular weekly magazine for fetishists. On the darker side, racketeers and spivs made money out of the chaos, and looters prowled the night to prey on bomb victims.
From the lack of cheese to the increased suicide rate, this astonishing and entertaining book takes the true pulse of a blitzed nation. And it shows how social change during this time led to political change - which in turn has built the Britain that we know today.
London Blitz (1940)
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The Blitz: All we need to know about World War II?
Every so often, London's landscape becomes drastically transformed — and it's not always of Londoners' choosing. This time, however, it was no accident. By September , London had already experienced German bombing. But the Blitz started in earnest on the afternoon of 7 September when the German Luftwaffe filled the skies in the first major daytime raid on London. Nearly German bombers escorted by over fighters dropped explosives on East London, targeting the docks in particular. Around people died and 1, were seriously injured. The night-time raids that followed were just as terrible and deadly.
Four million casualties were forecast in London alone. More than three million people including more than a million children would be evacuated from large towns and cities. Fears of bombing led to , domestic pets being put down. London Zoo destroyed all its poisonous snakes and spiders. A huge aerial assault was designed to destroy the morale of the British people and force the country to sue for peace.
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In the summer of , Hitler decided to invade Britain. His plan was to take control of the English Channel by destroying the Royal Airforce and then to send German troops into Britain to take control. In July , Hitler put his plan into operation. The German airforce Luftwaffe began making daily bombing raids on British ships, ports, radar stations, airfields and aircraft factories. This became known as the Battle of Britain. Although British losses were high, German losses were higher and at the beginning of September Hitler decided to try a new tactic to conquer Britain. Hitler believed that by targeting civilians he could force the British to surrender and on 7th September began his daily bombing campaign.
The first was on the night of 7—8 April , a small attack which probably took place only to test Belfast's defences. The next took place on Easter Tuesday , 15 April Two hundred bombers of the Luftwaffe attacked military and manufacturing targets in the city of Belfast. Some people died as a result of the bombing and 1, were injured. High explosive bombs predominated in this raid.