MILITARIA: Blitz Histories

Telling the stories of tragedy and terror wreaked by enemy aircraft, local authorities and media outlets began to record the impact of the Blitz on their towns and cities

Romford, then in Essex, was on a Luftwaffe flightpath to and from London and as a result, ‘caught a packet’, as the action-packed cover of ‘Ordeal in Romford’ by Glyn Richards (Romford Mutual Help Association, 1945) portrays. It surfaces for about £15.

The Luftwaffe’s Blitz campaign brought death and destruction to almost every corner of Britain and the impact of falling bombs was felt most keenly at a local level. While the German aim to shatter British resolvefailed, thousands of tons of high explosives and incendiaries nevertheless destroyed houses and public buildings. Streets and neighbourhoods were wiped out, devastating entire communities. 

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