THE FIRST BLITZ : THE GERMAN BOMBER CAMPAIGN AGAINST BRITAIN IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

Hyde, Andrew P.


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Barnsley, 1st ed., 2002. Xi + 188 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. In 1917 the Germans launched a major air campaign against the British mainland which shocked the whole nation and terrorized the south-east of England. These attacks by German bombers caused hundreds of deaths and injuries but until now the full details of those raids have never been fully told. These range from the massacre of Canadian troops resting in Folkestone on 25 May 1917, to the widespread carnage of shoppers a couple of miles away in the city centre. Sheerness, then a major dockyard for the Royal Navy, barely escaped a similar fate when it too was singled out and a 50kg bomb struck Upper North Street School in London’s Poplar on 13 June 1917, killing eighteen schoolchildren and mutilating many more. Other numerous, similar tragedies terrified London and shocked the world. This account of the German's terror campaign is supported by the military and political circumstances surrounding it. It is the most definitive account yet of these raids.


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