Firefighters and the Blitz

Author(s): BECKETT, Francis
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850366730
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As war approached in 1939 the fear of bombing was on everyone’s mind. The bombing of Guernica had shown that mass bombing of an unprotected target might bring dire results and huge casualties.

Beckett considers how Fire Services were expanded and how they played a crucial role in minimising damages, injuries and deaths. He looks at key dates: the fire storm that damaged London in December 1940, the attacks on ports and industrial cities, new attacks on London in 1941 and the final assault by V1’s and V2’s doodlebugs and rockets.

By the end of the Blitz an estimated 16,000 had been killed and 180,000 injured. In London alone, 320 men and women of the fire service had been killed in action, and more than 3,000 injured. 662 of the 875 fire stations were damaged.
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As war approached in 1939 the fear of bombing was on everyone’s mind. The bombing of Guernica had shown that mass bombing of an unprotected target might bring dire results and huge casualties. Beckett considers how Fire Services were expanded and how they played a crucial role in minimising damages, injuries and deaths. He looks at key dates: the fire storm that damaged London in December 1940, the attacks on ports and industrial cities, new attacks on London in 1941 and the final assault by V1’s and V2’s doodlebugs and rockets. By the end of the Blitz an estimated 16,000 had been killed and 180,000 injured. In London alone, 320 men and women of the fire service had been killed in action, and more than 3,000 injured. 662 of the 875 fire stations were damaged. Published seventy years on from the bombings of September 1940, this book provides a colourful portrait that draws on interviews with participants all over the UK. ‘A splendid introduction’ The Spokesman

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850366730
ISBN10 0850366739
Author BECKETT, Francis
Binding Paperback
Date Published 1 Sep 2010
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 146
Publisher Merlin Press

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