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    Neil Hanson(Author)

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'Fighting was raging on the other side of the Channel, but in London, in the warmth of a drowsy late-September afternoon, the war seemed a long way away. The roads were strangely quiet and deserted, for petrol restrictions had reduced motor traffic almost to zero. London seemed breathless, in the tense expectancy of disaster.The alarm was given soon after nightfall. At Biggin Hill and a score of other airfields, pilots scrambled from their quarters and sprinted for their aircraft. Within seconds the air was full of the noise of engines, as the squadrons taxied out and took off into the ever-darkening sky'.The 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.

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 TelegraphThe 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 MailThis is a compelling story compellingly told...Gripping -- Navy News Using first-hand witnesses plus government war records, Hanson draws a powerful picture of the impact of these first air raids -- Time Out

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  • PDF | 436 pages
  • Neil Hanson(Author)
  • Doubleday; 1st edition (19 May 2008)
  • English
  • 7
  • 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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