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ISBN: 9780857042514
AUTHOR: Austin J Ruddy
Tested by Bomb & Flame
Tested by Bomb & Flame
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During a series of sharp air raids on Leicester in 1940 and 1941, the Luftwaffe killed over 100 citizens and wounded almost 300 more. But against this carnage, a well-organised and planned Air Raid Precautions organisation bravely responded.

The result of fifteen years’ exhaustive research, Tested By Bomb and Flame uses an array of local, national and international archival records, some only recently declassified, to reveal the true story of the air raids on Leicester.

Several myths and factual errors published over the last seven decades, regarding dates, locations and numbers of casualties, are corrected and enduring questions, such as whether Leicester was accidentally bombed, are definitively answered.

Furthermore, important controversies, such as how Leicester was left undefended at the Luftwaffe’s mercy, are also revealed.This book features:

• A blow-by-blow, detailed account of all the air raids on Leicester, charting where the bombs fell.

• The brave and altruistic work of Leicester’s ARP services in the face of the Luftwaffe’s bombs.

• Numerous powerful accounts by those who experienced the air raids, including those buried alive in the bombing.

• Detailed rolls of honour listing the civilians, ARP/Civil Defence and military personnel who died.

• How Leicester’s ARP and fire services went to the aid of other blitzed British cities.

• Plus, many previously unpublished dramatic photographs from the Leicester Mercury archives and private sources, together with rare documents and memorabilia, that give an insight into the city’s Blitz and ARP services.

Tested By Bomb and Flame is a moving and honest account of Leicester’s battle against Hitler’s Luftwaffe. It forms a worthy tribute to Leicester’s civilians and ARP/CD services who endured and overcame the Luftwaffe’s attacks and will provide a welcome addition to Home Front history at both local and national level.

Born in North London in 1973, Austin J. Ruddy was educated at Highgate School and attained his degree in Archaeology at the University of Leicester. He has studied and collected the history of the Second World War, particularly the British Home Front, for most of his life. He has appeared on television and radio talking about wartime history and researches and writes for magazines, newspapers, journals and websites. He has worked at the Leicester Mercury newspaper for over 15 years and currently writes and edits the Mr Leicester daily local history page. He is also a member of the Leicester Civic Society. Tested By Bomb and Flame: Leicester Versus Luftwaffe Air Raids 1939-1945 is Austin’s third book, following on from his well-received To The Last Round: The Leicestershire and Rutland Home Guard 1940-1945 (2007) and British Anti-Invasion Defences 1940-1945 (2004).

He is currently finishing his next book, Beneath Hitler’s Highway: Leicestershire Versus Luftwaffe Air Raids 1939-1945, also with Halsgrove.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 251 4, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published November 2014.

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For anyone who has an interest in Plymouth, and particularly in the years during which the old city was replaced by post-war redevelopment, this illustrated story of the blitz of 1941 and its aftermouth by Gerald Wasley will be of great fascination.
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