London: Bombed Blitzed and Blown Up: The British Capital Under Attack Since 1867

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Frontline Books, 31 ott 2016 - 512 pagine
When it comes to being bombed, London is unique. Although it cannot claim to be the most bombed capital city in terms of the weight of explosive detonated it has endured the most varied and unrelenting attack since the discovery of explosives. From the first Irish Republican bomb in 1867, London and its population have been under almost constant assault. Terrorism features in virtually every decade from the 1860s to the present and has caused much damage, particularly during the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, by far the greatest destruction was from the air. The Zeppelin and Gotha bomber raids in the First World War being but a foretaste of what would happen in the Second. Then the capital was devastated, firstly by the Luftwaffe’s aeroplanes and then Hitler’s ‘vengeance’ weapons, the V-1s and V-2s. After the Second World War the bombers returned, in the form of the IRA and then the homegrown terrorists of 2005. Written by a former Explosives Officer who worked for the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police, this is the most comprehensive record of Britain’s capital under attack that has ever been compiled.
 

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Indice

Chapter 1 With Flame and Incandescent Terror
1
Chapter 2 First Innocent Victims
14
Chapter 3 The Dynamite War and Infernal Machines
25
Chapter 4 Anarchists and Suffragettes
50
Chapter 5 Monsters of the Purple Twilight The Zeppelin Raids
67
Chapter 6 Frightfulness The First World War Bomber Raids on London
94
Chapter 7 War Trophies and The Second IRA Campaign
123
Chapter 8 Fear
147
Chapter 15 The V1s Target 42
263
Chapter 16 The V2s City of Silent Death
282
Chapter 17 A Taste of Terror and Threat of Armageddon
306
Chapter 18 A Changing World
323
Chapter 19 Car Bombs and Cutting Wires
336
Chapter 20 More Innocent Victims
354
Chapter 21 Terrorism The Long War
388
Chapter 22 The Spectaculars
412

Chapter 9 AntiClimax
162
Chapter 10 The Blitz The Storm Breaks
174
Chapter 11 The People Under Cover and Under Fire
197
Chapter 12 Fire Bombs and Firefighters
217
Chapter 13 Bombs Builders and Business as Usual
229
Chapter 14 Respite and Raiders
253
Chapter 23 Extortion Racism and a Rocket Propelled Grenade
446
Chapter 24 Dying to Kill
460
Select Bibliography
489
Index
493
Copyright

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Ian Jones's career in bomb disposal spanned thirty-five years. As a major in the British Army he served as CO for all bomb disposal personnel in Northern Ireland. After retirement, Ian served as an Explosives Officer for the Metropolitan Police. Ian was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1993.

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