A Wander Through Wartime London Five Walks Revisiting the by Clive Harris

By Clive Harris

Via a sequence of 5 walks this ebook discovers the attractions, sounds and event of the capital at battle; it info the remainder tangible facts of the darkish days through air raid safeguard indicators, bomb harm on structures and memorials detailing heroic and sometimes tragic occasions. the recent routes conceal a large quarter of London and demonstrate extra facts of the reviews of 4 years air struggle within the skies above our capital city.

The East finish and Docks, Greenwich, Holborn, Bermondsey, Southwark and the West finish are all featured, in addition to distinctive maps and various modern pictures that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The ebook additionally encompasses a variety of appendices with regards to the broader photo of the struggle. A good deserved tale of London's domestic shield is instructed. a listing of Civil protection casualties that happened in the boroughs lined through the walks is incorporated in addition to an in depth record of the destinations of wartime hearth and ambulance stations around the capital.

This e-book will entice either the fanatic and a person with an curiosity in London's earlier. it's a additional checklist of the thoughts and tangible facts of this dramatic interval of our capital's earlier and a tribute to those that lived throughout the Blitz and unfortunately so frequently, those that didn't.

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The River Thames was in many ways the origins of the city. Here where it is at its widest reaches the important industrial buildings that became vital targets for the Luftwaffe are clearly evident. To the east the London transport coal station and beyond that Siemens Cable Works were all singled out for attention. As ever the Germans would usually attack at low tide, whilst it was almost impossible to black out the river. It also offered the best supply of water to douse the fires. The water itself did not always offer respite or safety.

Turning right on Goodge Street cross over Tottenham Court Road into Chenies Street. Stop here and look back at Goodge Street Station. Near to this spot a V2 rocket landed on 25 March 1945 causing extensive blast damage. This had been one of the stations that had been chosen as a Deep Level Shelter started in 1940 and completed in 1942. Although connected to the nearby station, access was often via a separate double spiral staircase with internal lift shafts at each end. A lesson learnt after direct hits at Bank, Balham and Trafalgar Square ended in fatal consequences for people sheltering with only one exit.

To the east the London transport coal station and beyond that Siemens Cable Works were all singled out for attention. As ever the Germans would usually attack at low tide, whilst it was almost impossible to black out the river. It also offered the best supply of water to douse the fires. The water itself did not always offer respite or safety. On 19/20 March 1941 a Tug and Thames Lighter vessel was hit and sunk just offshore here with the loss of three lives. You now enter the area around the Cutty Sark (currently undergoing major restoration following a devastating fire in 2007).

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