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ISBN: 9781841143187
AUTHOR: Anthony Triggs
Portsmouth : A Shattered City
Portsmouth : A Shattered City
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The city of Portsmouth took a terrible battering during the Second World War, the dockyard and the mighty battleships making it a prime target for Luftwaffe pilots.

During those harrowing war years thousands of homes and public buildings were lost, especially on the terrible night of 10 January 1941, when 25,000 incendiaries and numerous high-explosive bombs rained upon the city, which at one time had 28 major fires burning and no effective water-supply to tackle them.

After the war the people began to rebuild their shattered lives, and the city fathers faced the task of reconstructing Portsmouth. But before work could begin the dangerous bomb-sites had to be made safe by shoring up buildings which could be rebuilt, and by clearing the rubble of those with no hope.

In this unique collection of rare images local journalist and author Anthony Triggs shows the way the city changed as the demolition crews went to work, and how the gaping wounds of the city were cleaned and cleared to make way for the new Portsmouth.

Anthony Triggs is the author of numerous books about the history of the Portsmouth area. He is a retired News journalist and lives at Portchester with his wife Sue.

ISBN 978 1 84114 318 7, paperback, 205x205mm, 96 pages. Reprinted July 2007.

 
 
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