By Clive Harris
Via a chain of 5 walks this booklet discovers the points of interest, sounds and adventure of the capital at warfare; it info the rest tangible facts of the darkish days through air raid look after indicators, bomb harm on structures and memorials detailing heroic and infrequently tragic occasions. the hot routes disguise a large region of London and exhibit additional 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 designated maps and various modern images that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The booklet additionally encompasses a variety of appendices in relation to the broader photograph of the battle. A good deserved tale of London's domestic defend is informed. a listing of Civil security casualties that happened in the boroughs lined via the walks is incorporated in addition to an in depth checklist of the destinations of wartime fireplace and ambulance stations around the capital.
This booklet will attract either the fanatic and somebody with an curiosity in London's prior. it's a extra list of the stories and tangible facts of this dramatic interval of our capital's prior and a tribute to people who lived during the Blitz and unfortunately so frequently, those that didn't.
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This impressive mansion house constructed in the eighteenth century for the Vicar of Lewisham had long been the headquarters of the 20th Battalion London Regiment and recruiting centre in both wars. It was pulled down in 1946 due to the irreparable bomb damage; a modern TA Centre was established and is still visible on the site today. We retrace our steps and enter Greenwich Park via the first pedestrian entrance encountered off Charlton Way; the rose garden ahead is located at the rear of an impressive building known as The Rangers House.
His six-engine Zeppelin, with a top speed of 64mph, was also carrying a pay load of 240lb bombs, at the time the heaviest the world had known. The Blackheath Airship Raid - note the incorrect date, no raid took place on this day Mathy, who was by the time of the raid a household name in Britain due to his feared bombing airship exploits, managed to drop thirty-six bombs in nine minutes. In total forty-nine people were killed and a further forty wounded, including twenty-three men of No2 HT Depot Army Service Corps who were billeted in the area.
One of those killed, though anonymous today, lost their life at the entrance to Tottenham Court Road station where you now stand. It is of interest to also note that the night of 24 September 1940 marked the night of the RAF’s raid on Berlin in what Churchill described as a form of ‘proportional retaliation’. Though many bombs are believed to have failed to detonate, including one that fell in the garden of Hitler’s Chancellery, twenty-two German civilians were killed. The RAF was ‘hitting back’ and the air war was about to intensify.