The Battle of London 1939-45: Endurance, Heroism and Frailty Under Fire

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The definitive, meticulously researched social history of London in the Second World War, which transformed the capital, and life within it, beyond recognition.

Britain and Germany were at war for almost six long years.
The definitive social history of London in the Blitz, which transformed life in the capital beyond recognition.

For Londoners the six long years of the Second World War were a time of almost constant anxiety, disruption, deprivation and sacrifice. The Blitz began in earnest in September 1940 and from then on, for prolonged periods, London was under sustained aerial bombardment by night and by day. Throughout the war, the capital was the nation's front line; by its end, 30,000 Londoners had lost their lives.

Yet if the bombing defined the era for those who lived through it, the months of terror were outnumbered by those spent knitting together the fabric of daily life at work, in the home, on the allotment, in the cinema or theatre and, not least, standing in those interminable queues for daily necessities that were such a feature of London's war.

Much has been written about 'the Myth of the Blitz' but in this riveting social history, Jerry White has unearthed what actually happened during those tempestuous years, getting close up to the daily lives of ordinary people, telling the story through their own voices. At the end of it all, the Battle of London was won not on the playing fields of Eton but in the playgrounds of a thousand council elementary schools across the capital.
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Weight 0.911000
Author White, Jerry
Availability IP
Department London
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781847923011
Pages 448
Published 04/11/2021
Publisher Bodley Head
Section London Attractions
Size Unfolded 242x165mm
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