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ISBN: 9780857040794
AUTHOR: Neil Holmes
Liverpool Blitzed
Liverpool Blitzed
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The Liverpool of early September 1939 was a thriving port and bustling city of over 800,000 people. World War Two changed this forever. Between the 27th June 1940 and the I0th January 1942 Hitler’s Luftwaffe rained down death and destruction on the city, reducing many fine buildings to either burnt out shells or piles of rubble. During the first week of May 1941 alone the raids killed 1,453 people and seriously injured around another thousand.

The intervening 70 years have seen the city undergo drastic changes: docks that no longer have ships berthed there, terraced streets that have been cleared to make way for modern housing and grand old buildings that have been demolished in the name of progress.

For many people wartime images of Liverpool are almost unrecognisable, such is the facelift the city has undergone.

By comparing the wartime image to the modern viewpoint this book gives the reader a link to the city’s experiences that mere statistics can never convey. The book covers not just famous landmarks like the Liver Buildings but also ordinary houses, churches and pubs. It will inspire anyone, whether local or not to reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of Liverpool people in the city’s darkest hour.

Neil Holmes was born on the Wirral in 1979 but now lives in Liverpool where he also works as a civil servant. He has studied military history for fifteen years and the history of Liverpool for five. His interest in local history and photography led him to research Liverpool’s wartime experiences at the city’s record office.

He has spent the last two years gathering wartime photographs and travelling around the city taking modern comparisons. He is the author of an article on the Liverpool Blitz which was recently published in the After the Battle magazine.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 079 4, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published April 2011.

Liverpool The Great CityLiverpool The Great City - £16.99
Liverpool The Great City showcases the resurgence of the port as a tourist, leisure, shopping and educational place through over 140 quite stunning images by Paul McMullin with a lively text by Mike McNamee.
Liverpool HighLiverpool High - £14.99
Today Liverpool’s economy is booming. Its long-term icons, like the two football stadiums and Aintree Racecourse, are being added to by new facilities to cater for the growing influx of visitors from around the world. This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey over the City, where landmarks from its prosperous past are being joined increasingly by features of its current success to make it truly a city of the twentyfirst century .
Web Price: £19.99
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