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The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 expe ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Yale University Press (first published 2007)
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Rick Ouellette
Feb 27, 2017 Rick Ouellette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long been fascinated by the story of how the British population withstood the brutal 8-month bombing campaign by Germany near the start of WW2. This book really fit the bill for me as I wanted to read a good self-contained history of this event that was not of exhaustive length. The author, in just under 200 pages, re-lives the first day (really first weekend) of this carpet bombing mostly as it happened in London (the other targeted cities are more briefly examined) and weaves in the soc ...more
Barbara Mader
Feb 05, 2011 Barbara Mader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Two and a half stars, lowered due to the redundancy, occasional poor writing, and pronouncements I found pompous, though others may not mind. Already familiar with much of the material, I was most interested in the bits new to me, so I may use the bibliography for further reading.

Redundancy: how many times does he need to say that some of the people were heroic under the stress of the Blitz, and some were not? Ditto that the government underestimated the resulting homelessness that would occur?
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Gabriel Schoenfeld
Beginning on September 7, 1940, Great Britain’s capital was pounded by Germany’s Luftwaffe for 57 consecutive nights. After that initial phase, with somewhat decreasing intensity punctuated by a few enormously destructive raids, London and other British industrial and port cities were bombed without interruption until May 11, 1941. On that final night, after nine months of trying to bring the country to its knees, the Germans unleashed their most lethal raid, killing nearly 1,500 Londoners. Alto ...more
doreen
Feb 02, 2008 doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history geeks, world war II trivia fans, people into british culture
Valuable first-hand insight and analysis of 7 September, 1940--the first day of the Blitz in London. The book gives just enough background to understand the events leading up to the Blitz, and details a little of what happens afterward.
Richard
Interesting subject matter. Too many long quotes from other people for my tastes, but still worth looking at if you are interested in the subject.
Julie
May 21, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging compliation of personal accounts of those who suffered through the Nazi Blitzkrieg attacks on London. Very detailed and intimate.
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Peter Stansky is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, and has been at Stanford since 1968. He has received two B.A degrees (Yale Colleg3, 1953; King's College, Cambridge, 1959; ) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1961). His primary research interests are on Modern British History.
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