The Little Blitz on London in the early part of 1944 is briefly mentioned in most accounts of the aerial war against the UK during the Second World War but is seldom deemed worthy of more than a few lines. The Little Blitz is the name applied to the air raids on Britain which were the manifestation of the Luftwaffe’s Operation Steinbock, planned in the last few months of 1943 and put into effect from the middle of January 1944.
The raids, planned as revenge for the destructive RAF raids on Berlin, mainly targeted London, and after nearly three years of respite from air raids, the Little Blitz was an unwelcome surprise for Londoners. The offensive was largely ineffective but some of the raids caused significant casualties and damage, and some alarm amongst the population and the authorities. This is the first account of the Little Blitz to explore these raids in detail and assess their impact on London. This book describes the raids, making use of some vivid personal accounts, to give a gripping picture of the effect that these little-known events had on a complacent city.
John Conen was brought up in London and Worthing, and pursued a career in human resources management. He has a keen interest in London’s history and particularly its ordeal in World War 2. However he has a wide range of interests, having published ‘Bamberg and Franconia: Germany’s Brewing Heartland’ for which he was awarded the Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary in the British Guild of Beer Writers’ 2010 awards. He has also published ‘Larkswood School 1906-2006’, celebrating the centenary of his primary school. John is married and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 22 b/w photographs