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Britain Under Fire (Hardback)

WWII

By Charles Whiting
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780850527186
Published: 1st January 1999
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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The suffering of the civilian population in WW2 was a new and disturbing aspect of war. Hitler's Luftwaffe caused huge devastation to human life and property. The emergence of a defiant spirit was something our enemies never bargained for. Whiting's superb account of the Nazis' attempt to bring a nation to its knees through the bombing campaigns and the V1 and V2 attacks, is graphically described and illustrated.

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 Charles Whiting

About Charles Whiting

Born in the Bootham area of York, England, he was a pupil at the prestigious Nunthorpe Grammar School, leaving at the age of 16 to join the British Army by lying about his age. Keen to be in on the wartime action, Whiting was attached to the 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment and by the age of 18 saw duty as a sergeant in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany in the latter stages of World War II. While still a soldier, he observed conflicts between the highest-ranking British and American generals which he would write about extensively in later years.

After the war, he stayed on in Germany completing his A-levels via correspondence course and teaching English before being enrolled at Leeds University reading History and German Language. As an undergraduate he was afforded opportunities for study at several European universities and, after gaining his degree, would go on to become an assistant professor of history. Elsewhere, Whiting held a variety of jobs which included working as a translator for a German chemical factory and spells as a publicist, a correspondent for The Times and feature writer for such diverse magazines as International Review of Linguistics, Soldier and Playboy.

His first novel was written while still an undergraduate, was published in 1954 and by 1958 had been followed by three wartime thrillers. Between 1960 and 2007 Charles went on to write over 350 titles, including 70 non-fiction titles covering varied topics from the Nazi intelligence service to British Regiments during World War II.

Charles Henry Whiting, author and military historian died on July 24 2007, leaving his wife and son.

German V-2 Rocket kills 168 shoppers in London

26th November 1944

At lunchtime on 26th November 1944, a German V-2 rocket fell on a packed Woolworths store in New Cross Road, killing 168 people (including 15 children), injuring 122 others and razing the building to the ground. The neighbouring London Co-operative Society store was also demolished in the attack.


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