Reading the papers over the weekend, I could not help but be reminded that this week sees the 80th anniversary of the Blitz, the German bombing campaign against Great Britain. It began late in the afternoon of 7 September 1940, when 300 German bombers flew in over London to attack the docks in the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing and was to last 8 months.
Second World War
Scars of History
On Reigate Hill, a scenic spot close to where I live, lies a memorial to the nine airmen of the American 384th Bombardment Group who died in a crash on their way back from a bombing mission over Germany in… Read More ›
The Dam Busters and The Möhne Catastrophe
“M Mother” was past the dam, nose up, straining for height, so the crew could bale out, when the tanks blew up with an orange flare, a wing ripped away and the bomber spun to the ground in burning bouncing… Read More ›
Colditz: Where the imagination soars
The town felt much like any other German suburb, and I had seen more imposing castles in the past than the one that we were approaching. It was dark. It was cold. I was hungry, but I didn’t mind. This… Read More ›