September 7, 2013

Sorting Myth from Reality of the Blitz

James Richards, BBC News

Blitz, the German word for 'lightning', was applied by the British press to the tempest of heavy and frequent bombing raids carried out over Britain in 1940 and 1941. This concentrated direct bombing of industrial targets and civilian centres began on 7 September 1940, with heavy raids on London.


The scale of the attack rapidly escalated. In that month alone, the German Air Force dropped 5,300 tons of high explosives on the capital in just 24 nights. In their efforts to 'soften up' the British population and to destroy morale before the planned invasion, German planes extended their targets to include the major coastal ports and centres of production and supply.


The infamous raid of November 14 1940 on Coventry brought a still worse twist to the...

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TAGGED: Luftwaffe, Germany, World War II, Great Britain


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