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    Neil Hanson(Author)

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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 . . .

"Neil Hanson is that rare beast - a popular historian who never talks down to his readers. Clearly and engagingly written, his book puts more academic historians to shame by discovering a big subject, investigating it thoroughly and drawing bold but far-reaching conclusions from it." (Sunday Telegraph)"The 1940s bombing raids over London have taken such a powerful grip upon our imagination that the existence of an earlier Blitz, in World War I, will come to many readers as a complete surprise. Yet as Neil Hanson...demonstrates in this gripping and well-researched book, it was in may ways more terrifying" (Daily Mail)"Using first-hand witnesses plus government war records, Hanson draws a powerful picture of the impact of these first air raids" (Time Out)"History invariably falls into two categories: academic and narrative...To marry the two is a rare art - and it is an art Neil Hanson has mastered...This is a compelling story compellingly told...Gripping" (Navy News)"An author who shows a remarkable talent for dipping into history and pulling out gems has done it again" (Bradford Telegraph & Argus)

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  • PDF | 592 pages
  • Neil Hanson(Author)
  • Corgi; First edition (26 Feb. 2009)
  • English
  • 9
  • History

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  • By Stuart Briggs on 7 November 2008

    Very cleverly prefacing each chapter with a relevant contemporary photograph, this throughly entertaining book totally immerses the reader in one of the seminal acts of aerial strategic warfare: calculated German bomber assaults on London and its environs.Dates, names, places, sights, sounds, machines, drama, folly, consequences - all aspects of these historically and militarily significant operations are laid out in vivid detail to form a wonderfully flowing tale of a little known but vital struggle in the later stages of WW1.Highly recommended for anyone at all interested in military history, and probably even a fascinating read for those for whom the subject holds little attraction.

  • By Lucy on 11 June 2009

    I had read and heard about the zeppelin raids in WWI,I had know idea just how bad they had been until I read this book.The war which must have seemed far away all of a sudden it was there own door steps,with death dropping from the sky.This book recreates the fear and terror of modern warfare which had never been seen before.And of the aircrews fighting a new style war.

  • By D. A. Matthews on 13 July 2009

    This engrossing book covers an aspect of WW1 about which I knew precisely nothing. Like most people to whom I have spoken since reading the book, I was completely unaware of the Zeppilin and Gotha raids of 1917/18, and of the reactions to them. Research has clearly been detailed and painstaking, resulting in a book written in a very readable style which is informative as well as being entertaining.

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