In 1940, the Manchester and Salford Blitz saw the city and its surroundings targeted by the German Luftwaffe. The most destructive attack was launched in late December 1940; it is remembered today as ‘the Christmas Blitz’. Nearly 800 people lost their lives, and thousands more were injured, in two nights of raids ending with a devastating Christmas Eve that saw hundreds of tons of high explosive and thousands of incendiaries fall. Attacks continued into 1941 and beyond, and landmarks such as the cathedral, the Free Trade Hall, the Royal Infirmary and the Royal Exchange were all to suffer. At Old Trafford, too, a bomb wrecked the pitch and demolished the stands. This 75th anniversary narrative, based on first-hand accounts and extensive research, tells the story of how the people of Manchester, Salford, Trafford Park and Stretford endured this dark period in their history – a tale of courage, sacrifice, loss and the unconquerable power of the human spirit. Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs and documents, some of which have never been published before, this book is a valuable addition to the history of Manchester and Salford. - See more at: www.thehistorypress.co.uk/index.php/blitz-britain-manchester-and-salford-26470.html#sthash.yI9rJA3v.dpuf
Wednesday 16th September – Graham Phythian – “Blitz Britain" Urmston Bookshop Tel: 0161 747 7442
Blitz Britain: Manchester and Salford” is by local historian Graham Phythian. This book marks the 75th anniversary of the Manchester and Salford Blitz, and is full of eyewitness accounts of what took place during these raids. This event will take place on Wednesday 16th September at Urmston Library. There will be refreshments from 7.00pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 and redeemable against the price of the book, available from Urmston Bookshop.
I have just started to read this book. In the preface Graham Phythian writes: "I have included the well-known anecdote about George Hall receiving a custodial sentence for snoring in a public air-raid shelter, but I was unable to find a primary source for this. I would appreciate any enlightenment on the matter."
I had never heard this well-known anecdote, so decided to have a dig.