The Story of 29 December 1940

Margaret Gaskin
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A thrilling account of 'the second great fire of London'.

A quiet Sunday teatime and, in the City of London, clerks and drapers' assistants, canteen ladies, caretakers, architects and clerics join firefighters and wardens preparing to protect their 'Square Mile' through the night.

In France meanwhile, the Luftwaffe's elite pathfinders take off at the head of a terrifying fire-raid - designed to burn off, 'like weed patches from the air', London's ancient heart.

The image of St Paul's that night amid clouds of black smoke immediately became the ultimate symbol of Britain's Blitz defiance. But the reality of this 'Second Great Fire of London', in all its unprecedented destruction and indomitable humanity, is almost lost amid myth and counter-myth.

Now, in a stunningly vivid and immediate work of historical storytelling, M J Gaskin tells the true story of London's desperate hours. And she shows how, across the Atlantic, Americans agonized over the cost of aiding Britain's struggle against the Nazis - and the cost of letting her fall.

Author bio:

M J Gaskin is a journalist, critic, historian and editor. She studied for her History and Politics degree at Queen Mary College in London's East End and has lived in the capital most of her life, except for a few years as Publications Editor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Category: History
ISBN: 9780571217946
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Non Fiction
Pub Date: December 2005
Page Extent: 432
Format: Book
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Subject: History