Friday, November 19, 2010
The Blitz in a Book
This morning I thought I would try to find some images that would link the bombings and found the photo above. It is St Thomas Hospital the night after a raid. Vere's entry for Thursday, September 12, 1940...
'Felt very second-rate. Arrived at office at 10:15 as I overslept. What a night! It seems that now we have mobile guns on Lorries going about the town, and we can also hear guns from destroyers in the Thames. According to Mr Churchill Invasion is Imminent. Hitler has it all ready from Norway to Boulogne, and we must be on our toes for the next two weeks! Felt better as the day proceeded. Warning in the afternoon. Began to hear details of the damage. Very upsetting. Bow Church seems badly hit; St Thomas' Hospital; Gt Ormond St Hospital; Holburn - but not Staple Inn.
To find an image of the destruction Vere wrote about was thrilling and I will continue trying to match up photos with her entries. At the midway point of this 600 page fascinating history lesson I couldn't wait to share a little of it with anyone who has been wondering how this reads. More to follow once I have finished.