The Terror Raids of 1942 – The Baedeker Blitz written by Jan Gore and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 224

Whilst the majority of British people will remember London Blitz, there was also The Baedeker Blitz were a series of attacks by the Luftwaffe on historical English cities during the Second World War. The name derives from Baedeker, a series of German tourist guidebooks, which were used to generate targets for bombing. The raids were planned in response to a devastating increase in the effectiveness of the RAF bombing offensive, starting with the bombing of Lübeck in March 1942. The aim was to begin a tit-for-tat exchange with the hope of forcing the RAF to reduce their actions. This book covers those raids with interjected stories and memories of civilians involved in the bombing and how they managed to cope.

This is a fantastic book to read indeed, I loved reading everything about it from cover to cover. The book is split into different chapters which each look at the various towns involved in the raids. Each raid looks various personal accounts of those that had to go through the drama, which is great because it gives the book a personal quality and meaning to what happened to each town. The book is very well written and looks at the tactics involved by the Luftwaffe, the types of bombs and explosives used and the devastation caused with over 1000 people killed in the raids. There is an excellent photographs section too of the various cities put there is also very good diagrams used that really sell the story although selling the story isn’t needed. Eventually these raids were ended due to the high casualty rate on the side of the Luftwaffe. A really good read and I would highly recommend this book to all with a 5 star rating.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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  1. Dear Ben,

    I’m the author and have only just found this via Pen & Sword. Thank you for such a warm, generous review. It’s really hard to promote a book in lockdown and your review is just great. I’m trying to put together a blog post for Pen & Sword to promote my book, but your review will do a lot to encourage me. Very very grateful indeed.

    If I can help at all with anything, let me know. (French translations? help with WW2 Home Front research? Family tree research?) Currently shielding and doing a small amount of lecturing online. Trying to help a couple of friends with WW2 research, thinking about Book 3 but until I can leave the house/visit Record and Local History offices, it’s not easy.

    Very best wishes,


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