The Thames at War

Saving London From the Blitz

Gustav Milne

Between 1940 and 1945 London suffered 101 daylight and 253 nighttime air raids from the Luftwaffe and V1 and V2's. There were 80,000 fatalities or serious injuries and appalling devastation.
Date Published :
May 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
200 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526768025

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches Pages : 224
-
+
In stock
$39.95

Overview
-

Between 1940 and 1945 London suffered 101 daylight and 253 nighttime air raids from the Luftwaffe and V1 and V2’s. There were 80,000 fatalities or serious injuries and appalling devastation. Well documented as these horrific events are, there was another major threat – the all too real possibility of widespread flooding whenever the Nazi onslaught breached the Thames’ river defenses.

This superbly researched and illustrated book describes the vital role and unsung achievements of the London County Council emergency repair teams ably led by Chief Engineer Thomas Peirson Frank. Three rapid response units were formed and, in the event, undertook repairs to over 100 breaches of the flood defenses, thus saving the Capital from drowning.

We also learn of the fate of London’s docks and bridges and of the ships, boats and barges lost in the estuary and tideway.

This fascinating account has been compiled by the Thames Discovery Programme team and, 80 years on, pays tribute to the noncombatants who kept the major port running and saved London.

Similar Titles