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First Blitz : the secret German plan to raze London to the ground in 1918 / Neil Hanson.

By: Hanson, Neil.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Corgy, 2009Description: 574 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780552155489 (Corgy pbk.); 9780385611718 (Doubleday pbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, German | World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- England -- London | World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- England -- London | London (England) -- History -- Bombardment, 1917-1918DDC classification: 940.44943
Contents:
1. The First Blows -- 2. Zeppelins Overhead -- 3. Turk's Cross -- 4. The Gotha Hum -- 5. Feverish Work -- 6. A City in Turmoil -- 7. Home Defence -- 8. Night-time Excursions -- 9. Brandbomben -- 10. The Blitz of the Harvest Moon -- 11. The Serpent Machine -- 12. Londoners Unnerved -- 13. Air Defence Revisited -- 14. A Failure of Strategy -- 15. Giants in the Night Sky -- 16. The Whit Sunday Raid -- 17. The Elektron Fire Bomb -- 18. Ludendorff's Intervention.
The First Blows -- Zeppelins Overhead -- Turk's Cross -- The Gotha Hum -- Feverish Work -- A City in Turmoil -- Home Defence -- Night-time Excursions -- Brandbomben -- The Blitz of the Harvest Moon -- The Serpent Machine -- Londoners Unnerved -- Air Defence Revisited -- A Failure of Strategy -- Giants in the Night Sky -- The Whit Sunday Raid -- The Elektron Fire Bomb -- Ludendorff's Intervention.
Review: "In the early years of the First World War, London had been subjected to sustained bombing attacks from German Zeppelins, but by late 1916 improvements in British aircraft technology had put paid to the threat they offered. The German air force took up the assault and, over the course of 1917, threatened to engulf London in firestorms - a portrait of the London Blitz and the Battle of Britain over twenty years later." "First Blitz is told in two parts, each detailing the events of a single week: The first part tells the story of the first London Blitz - six raids by German bombers in eight nights in 1917. Part two focuses on the events of August 1918 and the countdown to the incendiary raids that would have destroyed much of London and Paris had they not been called off at the very last minute."--BOOK JACKET.
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A world away from the killing fields of France was a battle that could have changed the face of history. Over the course of 1917, German bombers threatened to engulf London in firestorms - a portent of the London Blitz and the Battle of Britain over twenty years later. They were determined to bring London to its knees.The First Blitz took place over eight nights in 1917, but it was the second wave of attacks in the summer of 1918, following the development of the 'Elektron' incendiary bomb, that came within an ace of obliterating London. The margin between the survival of the world's greatest capital city and its total destruction came down to less than one hour.The events and decisions taken in the course of those fateful days were as important as anything that happened on the Western Front. With breathtaking insight, compelling drama and supreme narrative clarity, Neil Hanson tells the story of the air war that could have altered the course of the conflict, and with it the history of the twentieth century itself . . .

First published: London : Doubleday, 2008.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 523-[577]) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. The First Blows -- 2. Zeppelins Overhead -- 3. Turk's Cross -- 4. The Gotha Hum -- 5. Feverish Work -- 6. A City in Turmoil -- 7. Home Defence -- 8. Night-time Excursions -- 9. Brandbomben -- 10. The Blitz of the Harvest Moon -- 11. The Serpent Machine -- 12. Londoners Unnerved -- 13. Air Defence Revisited -- 14. A Failure of Strategy -- 15. Giants in the Night Sky -- 16. The Whit Sunday Raid -- 17. The Elektron Fire Bomb -- 18. Ludendorff's Intervention.

1. The First Blows -- 2. Zeppelins Overhead -- 3. Turk's Cross -- 4. The Gotha Hum -- 5. Feverish Work -- 6. A City in Turmoil -- 7. Home Defence -- 8. Night-time Excursions -- 9. Brandbomben -- 10. The Blitz of the Harvest Moon -- 11. The Serpent Machine -- 12. Londoners Unnerved -- 13. Air Defence Revisited -- 14. A Failure of Strategy -- 15. Giants in the Night Sky -- 16. The Whit Sunday Raid -- 17. The Elektron Fire Bomb -- 18. Ludendorff's Intervention.

"In the early years of the First World War, London had been subjected to sustained bombing attacks from German Zeppelins, but by late 1916 improvements in British aircraft technology had put paid to the threat they offered. The German air force took up the assault and, over the course of 1917, threatened to engulf London in firestorms - a portrait of the London Blitz and the Battle of Britain over twenty years later." "First Blitz is told in two parts, each detailing the events of a single week: The first part tells the story of the first London Blitz - six raids by German bombers in eight nights in 1917. Part two focuses on the events of August 1918 and the countdown to the incendiary raids that would have destroyed much of London and Paris had they not been called off at the very last minute."--BOOK JACKET.

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