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Coventry: Thursday, 14 November 1940 By Frederick Taylor,

  • Title: Coventry: Thursday, 14 November 1940
  • Author: Frederick Taylor
  • ISBN: 9781408860267
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At a few minutes past seven on the evening of Thursday, 14 November 1940, the historic industrial city of Coventry was subjected to the longest, most devastating air raid Britain had yet experienced Only after eleven hours of continual bombardment by the German Luftwaffe could its people emerge from their half sunk Anderson shelters and their cellars, from under their staAt a few minutes past seven on the evening of Thursday, 14 November 1940, the historic industrial city of Coventry was subjected to the longest, most devastating air raid Britain had yet experienced Only after eleven hours of continual bombardment by the German Luftwaffe could its people emerge from their half sunk Anderson shelters and their cellars, from under their stairs or kitchen tables, to venture up into their wounded city That long night of destruction marked a critical moment in the Second World War It heralded a new kind of air warfare, one which abandoned the pursuit of immediate military goals and instead focused on obliterating all aspects of city life It also provided the push America needed to join Britain in the war But while the Coventry raid was furiously condemned publically, such effective enemy tactics provided Britain s politicians and military establishment with a blueprint for obliteration , to be adapted and turned against Germany A merciless four year war of attrition had begun In this important work of history Frederick Taylor draws upon numerous sources, including eye witness interviews from the archives of the BBC which are published here for the first time, to reveal the true repercussions of the bombing of Coventry in 1940 He teases out the truth behind the persistent rumours and conspiracy theories that Churchill knew the raid was coming, assesses this significant turning point in modern warfare, looks at how it affected Britain s status in the war, and considers finally whether this attack really could provide justification for the horror of Dresden, 1945.
    Coventry Thursday November At a few minutes past seven on the evening of Thursday November the historic industrial city of Coventry was subjected to the longest most devastating air raid Britain had yet experienced O

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    1. This past summer, I was able to visit both Dresden and Coventry Taylor s account of the bombing of Dresden dispelled many myths that had lasted for 50 years, thanks to the advent of the Communist regime in East Germany Many of the facts of hat fateful February night were lost and obscured by the new power Taylor s books was a huge reason I ended my trip in Coventry, not knowing that this book was about to be released.Like Dresden, Coventry stands as a testimony to the insanity of war, and the ab [...]

    2. Like Taylor s book on the bombing of Dresden, this book about the bombing of Coventry, England, is heavy on the military side of things That said, I liked this one better than I did the Dresden book Although a bit of a slog at points, Taylor s description of the various players in this situation and how their strategies played out in the devastation of Coventry is well done and well researched I didn t really get a sense for the look of Coventry, but I think the portrait of the population was we [...]

    3. Having been astonished at the industry and narrative of Frederick Taylor in his remarkable book about the Dresden bombings, I looked forward to Coventry with keen anticipation I have rated it at 3 since, as the rating state, I liked it, but I m afraid that it doesn t reach the heights of Dresden There are some oversights the controversial Christmas 1940 broadcast by Provost Howard on the BBC World Service, so also the birth of the Community of the Cross of Nails and one very disappointing and in [...]

    4. Just finished reading this history of the bombing of Coventry I ve been wanting to read this book since November last year when I attended a talk by Frederick Taylor to launch his book on the 75th anniversary of the raid However, I wanted to wait until August 2016 this year as this as it marks the fifth year since I began studying at Coventry Univeristy and I began my affinity with this resilient city This is an excellent analysis and narrative of the history of Coventry, the build up to the rai [...]

    5. A good account of the bombing raid I found Dresden slightly absorbing, but that may be because I started with less detailed knowledge about that raid.

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