About this Product
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 humour 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. Witty and uplifting, the voices and 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.
Extracts from Ministry of Information and other public service booklets including ‘Air-Raid Precautions', ‘The Home Guard Manual'; wartime posters including ‘Dig for Victory', ‘Keep Clam and Carry On' and other less familiar designs; illustrations from popular books and newspapers, transcripts of broadcasts, including extracts from Churchill's speeches and the BBC Home Service; song lyrics and poems, including Noel Coward, John Betjemen and bomb shelter sing-alongs; and occasional first-hand accounts printed at the time, including an Auxiliary Fireman's vivid snapshot of a bombing and quotes from memorable newspaper interviews with survivors.