By Jaqueline Mitchell
(Osprey Publishing, Hardcover, 9781849084376, 208pp.)
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
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"Your courage, Your cheerfulness, Your resolution, Will bring us victory." (Wartime Poster)
"Let us Go Forward Together!" (Winston Churchill)
As the bombs began to fall in September 1940, as homes were flattened and people emerged from cramped shelters and sleepless nights into barely recognisable streets, something very British happened - the Blitz Spirit was born. Amazingly the terrors of bombing inspired the best in ordinary people, without whose pluck, patriotism and humor the war could never have been won. This book collects the best examples of the Blitz Spirit which - with Churchill's inspiration - got Britain through its darkest hour. Compiled by Jaqueline Mitchell into a fun and flippable format, the witty voices and colorful images in this book show the best of the British character and are an inspiration for whenever times are hard. "Never surrender!"
Jaqueline Mitchell is an experienced publisher and book editor with expertise in British social history. She lives near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
"This compilation offers the best examples of this [blitz] spirit, adds color photos and memorabilia shots, and makes for a lively read coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Blitz in a fine spirited, involving discussion recommended for military and history collections alike." - The Midwest Book Review (November 2010)
"This wonderful little book offers a glimpse into another era, depicting how the government and, more importantly, the English people, managed to survive one of the longest sustained bombing campaigns in military history." - WWII History (May 2011)