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'Fighting was raging on the other side of the Channel, but in London, in the warmth of a drowsy late-September afternoon, the war seemed a long way away. The roads were strangely quiet and deserted, for petrol restrictions had reduced motor traffic almost to zero. London seemed breathless, in the tense expectancy of disaster.

The alarm was given soon after nightfall. At
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Hardcover, 436 pages
Published May 19th 2008 by Doubleday
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Tony
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Fair enough and worth reading because it explains why certain decisions were made twenty years later -- why it was thought that mass bombing would succeed in breaking a nation's will to fight and why the bomber would always get through and, importantly, why it was thought that close formations of bombers could support and protect each other from fighters. Now gripe: the author quotes without reference a grossly inflated figure for the number killed in Dresden.
Duncan Jones
While the book covers a little discussed aspect of World War I, the central premise of discussing an event that never took place pushes this into a weird fusion of history and supposition. Basically the 'blitz' of the title never actually took place due to political considerations.
Nigel Street
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
As is the tendency with modern history books the research is exceptional and the author has clearly done his here; one look at the extensive bibliography tells all. As new to this part of the history of war it was a useful chronicle of what must have been a terrifying period for the average London/South East cost resident - hearing the engines from as far away as the other side of the channel must have been very disconcerting. The bravery and dedication on both sides, as is almost always the ...more
Richard Thomas
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well researched. A great insight into a little known area of Ww1. Some fascinating detail.
Michael Harling
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
An amazing book about the little known blitz of WWI. From their first tentative strike on Christmas Eve 1914 right up until the final days of the war, German planes flew missions from their occupied territories on the coast of Europe to drop bombs on London and other strategic coastal towns. Or, more exactly, where ever they could find to drop their bombs.

The technology was crude but quickly advancing and the book details how both governments struggled to keep up with the rapid innovations. In
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Gwyn Winfield
Jul 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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