One of the most perilous chapters in World War II, the winter of 1940-41 was defined by the Blitz. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to the East End, from the heart of the capital to the cities of the Midlands, throughout the length and breadth of the land, bombs rained down as Germany attempted to bludgeon Britain into submission. As the civilian populations below cowered in their shelters or manned the fire services, there could be no doubt that this was an island under siege—and in grave peril.
Drawing exclusively on the photo archive of the Daily Mirror newspaper group, Gavin Mortimer’s The Blitz brings to life this extraordinary period in British history. Remarkably a number of these images have never seen the light of day before thanks to wartime censors and now, 70 years after the fact, they reveal for the first time the harsh realities of life and death during the Blitz.
The Blitz weaves together these incredible images with a variety of wartime sources—newspaper articles, diary entries and firsthand accounts—as well as the author’s extensive interviews with survivors to create a compelling chronological account of Britain’s darkest and most difficult period in her long history.
Hardcover Book : 208 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( October 19, 2010 )
Item #: 13-185518
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 11.8 x 0.52inches
Product Weight: 53.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)