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On September 7th, 1940, the German Air Force set out to destroy London – the Blitz had begun. For fifty-seven nights the city was bombarded. Buildings were shattered, homes destroyed, men, women, and children killed. But throughout this black winter of 1940/41 civilian morale refused to crack – London was fighting back.
‘When they hit this huge pub they must have smashed every bottle because the booze just poured out into the street and I distinctly remember seeing an old man with a cup, scooping it up out of the gutter !’
‘She was buried for hours, and we could hear her swearing away down there. Can’t think where she learned the words, a nice little old lady like that.’
‘He was a fighter pilot … he was dining with his wife when the place was hit, and she was killed beside him. He went absolutely berserk …’
Fragmented memories, glorious, tragic, terrifying, shared by ninety-five boroughs and districts that then constituted Greater London. This is the story of the people who refused to give in – the air raid wardens, the Home Guard, the casualty and fire services – the ordinary men and women who knew they had to survive.
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