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The Belfast Blitz: The People’s Story

The Belfast Blitz: The People’s Story

Stephen Douds

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Using letters, diaries, contemporary newspaper accounts, government publications, and archives from churches, schools and hospitals, Stephen Douds’ book tells the story of the Belfast Blitz as it was experienced by the people who lived through it.

Until the first bombs fell in 1941, Belfast's experience of the war had been a gentle one: there was plenty of food, no conscription and the only air raids that the residents saw were on the news reels at the local cinemas.

But, in April of that year everything changed. The Luftwaffe targeted the Northern Irish City, launching bombing raids of such ferocity that one resident described the Nazi planes as being like 'some giant swarm of insects'. Over one thousand people were killed, countless more were injured and the city's foundations were shaken forever. Using letters, diaries, contemporary newspaper accounts, government publications, and archives from churches, schools and hospitals, Stephen Douds' book tells the story of the Belfast Blitz as it was experienced by the people who lived through it.

Covering the idyllic days of peace before the raids began, the worst days of the bombing and the aftermath - when a mortuary was set up in St George's Market and many residents still slept outside of the city in the open air every night, through fear of the bombers returning - this is a searing, immediate and enthralling account.

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Author Stephen Douds
Publisher Blackstaff
Publication date 30 Apr 2011
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780856408632

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