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ISBN: 9780857042880
AUTHOR: Robert Hind
War-torn Portsmouth
War-torn Portsmouth
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Portsmouth, with the great and historic Naval Dockyard at its heart, was a prominent target for Luftwaffe bombs in the Second World War. Great swathes of the city were laid waste, the destruction so complete that when reconstruction did occur eventually, some parts of Portsmouth were completely unrecognisable compared to what had gone before.

Although the need for national security meant that little was publicised at the time, after the war images published by the Portsmouth Evening News recorded the devastation wrought by the blitz, whilst the subsequent clearance of damaged sites was also captured in photographs.

Using contemporary images – many sourced from the Portsmouth Evening News – well-known local historian Robert Hind has compared each view with the current scene, laying the pictures side by side to show not only what has been lost forever, but in some cases what has, remarkably, stayed the same. War-torn Portsmouth – Then, After and Now celebrates how this great city has risen phoenix-like from the ravages of war.

Robert Hind began his writing career when working as a railway guard in 1989: always good at “composition” at school, he volunteered to put together a staff magazine and has been writing ever since. Now living in Havant, he is a regular nostalgia correspondent for the Portsmouth News, with a column every Saturday, and has to date written three books.

Inprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 288 0, paperback, 205x205mm, 144 pages. Published June 2016.

 
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