Mortimer, Gavin.


1st ed., 2005. 366 pp., photo-plates; cold., e.p., maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. After eight months of bombing Londoners thought the worst was over. The nightly raids seemed to have stopped and although large parts of the city had been devastated, life was returning to normal. On the afternoon of Saturday 10 May 1941, 60,000 fans gathered at Wembley to watch Arsenal face Preston North End in the Cup Final. Vera Lynn drove in for a concert. Journalists gathered in the bar at the Savoy. But as the football match began and shoppers thronged the streets, the German air bases in France were equally busy. Hitler had ordered a final all-out attack: over 400 bombers loaded with incendiaries prepared to hit London with a rain of fire. The author draws on a wealth of interviews, to reveal what it was like to live in a city under attack. In a matter of hours 1,436 Londoners were killed; 1,800 injured and 11,000 houses destroyed. This is the story of London's longest night.

Share this book