So much ink has been spilt in writing about the Blitz on London that it is all too easy to forget that the 'Gallant East Enders' were by no means alone in facing up to the terror of Hitler's aerial bombardment of Britain. Coventry and Liverpool spring to mind, though perhaps more for the Phoenix that rose out of the ashes than for the horror that was unleashed upon them. But little has been written about the North-East where so many vital industrial and shipbuilding plants were located, and upon which the fury of the Luftwaffe was no less devastating. Bill Norman combines a skilful pen, a deep and feeling knowledge of his subject, and an evident 'dent love for the part of England about which he writes with the memories of those who endured those ghastly yet heroic days in this moving account of what it was like to be in, say, Middlesborough during an air raid. He also includes several dramatic firsthand stories of German pilots who came to grief over the Yorkshire Coast. Remarkably seldom does emotion creep into the 'eyewitness' accounts he records. If you can imagine coming home from work, getting off the bus, turning into your street and finding your house a blazing ruin, then saying "Well, that's the war, isn't it?" you will understand what sort of people this book is about. This is a tribute to those in the North-East who stoically endured the bombardment of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War. If it conveys to a later generation the utter stupidity, wastefulness and idiocy of aerial bombardment it will perhaps serve not just as a historical record but also as a timely reminder of the total lunacy of mutual destruction.
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Descripción Leo Cooper, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0850522331