life in hitler's germany: edward murrow on the london bombings
Between 7 September 1940 and 16 May 1941 there were major raids (attacks in which more than 100 tons of high explosives were dropped) on 16 British cities: London was attacked
71 times, Birmingham, Liverpool and Plymouth eight times, Bristol six, Glasgow five, Southampton four, Portsmouth three, and there was also at least one large raid on another eight cities. The capital, London, was bombed by the Luftwaffe for 57 consecutive nights. More than one million London houses were destroyed or damaged. Many Londonites took to spending their nights in London Underground stations, entering the tunnels at 5pm. Despite the relative safety of the tube, many civilians still died due direct strikes to stations.
1940 - 07 - 14
bbc: charles gardner on dogfights over the english channel
The Battle for Britain was the air battle in the fall and summer months of 1940, when the German Luftwaffe led relentless bombing and fighter attacks on London and the English coast. The Luftwaffe began by bombing strategic ports, shipping centers, and convoys, moving then to royal air force institutions and infrastructure. With the air battle lasting longer than the Germans expected, the Luftwaffe started bombing civilian infrastructure and terror bombing civilians day and night. The defeat of the Germans in the Battle of Britain was not only the first loss felt by Germany but also a major rallying point for the British public and the rest of the world, most of whom had been assured of Britain's imminent destruction.
1940 - 07 - 23
cbs: european news
“...and thus we have from official quarters the first concrete statement about the future.
It is a grim statement. It seems to mean that all attempts to end this war by the two great remaining powers in Europe are finished. Heir Hitler has thus indicated that he is ready for the blitzkreig. When that will start is another uknown chapter to this story.”
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