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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.

Portsmouth in the Good Old DaysPortsmouth in the Good Old Days - £24.99
This fascinating book from the city's popular author, historian and journalist Anthony Triggs is based on the journal of his great uncle Richard Esmond who was born in Portsea in 1887.
Sea Soldiers of PortsmouthSea Soldiers of Portsmouth - £19.99
This book by John Ambler & Matthew Little publication tells the story of the Royal Marines in Portsmouth from the date of the occupation of their purpose-built Barracks at Eastney to the recent past when the Barracks were converted to private dwellings and the Officers Mess became the Royal Marines Museum.
Portsmouth FirstPortsmouth First - £8.99
Anthony Triggs journeys down the highways and sidestreets of Portsmouth's past to reveal the grand, the old, the unusual, but always fascinating events , people and places that have helped Portsmouth to lead the country and sometimes the world.
The Spirit of PortsmouthThe Spirit of Portsmouth - £4.99
Portsmouth is a fascinating place to visit and explore. Many of the well-known attractions are superbly illustrated here by Iain McGowan, together with other elements still waiting to be discovered. This is an enduring portrait of a remarkable city and home of the Royal Navy.
Portsmouth PastimesPortsmouth Pastimes - £8.99
No town ever had such a capacity for enjoying itself as the great nautical city of Portsmouth as is shown in this gem of a book from the renowned Tony Triggs .The Victorians strolling along the prom, children swimming, football, fairgrounds, tram trips, the patriotic enjoyment of royal visits, and many other pastimes are all illustrated giving the reader a fascinating glimpse of how the people of Portsmouth put aside their problems and enjoyed their pleasures.
Portsmouth Yesterday & TodayPortsmouth Yesterday & Today - £8.99
This evocative book by local author Anthony Triggs illustrates many of those changes with a series of images from the past which have been paired with modern photographs taken from the same viewpoints. The historic pictures date from 1870 to 1970, and together with their modern counterparts serve to show how a century of change has affected the great city of Portsmouth.
 
 
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