Sheffield's Date With Hitler - Blitz 80th anniversary - Collector's Edition

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This collector's edition of 'Sheffield's Date With Hitler' comes with exclusive cover.

Only 100 copies will ever be issued. It is personally signed by the author and individually numbered.  

The blitz 80th anniversary edition of 'Sheffield's Date With Hitler' is:

* Fully updated

* includes scores more rare pictures and memories

* has an additional ten pages

* has full details of the Sheffield Blitz memorial walk.

"The most comprehensive and insightful book ever written on the Sheffield Blitz", the Sheffield Star.

About the book:

Sheffielders largely ignored the 7pm air raid sirens on Thursday, December 12, 1940.

They'd grown accustomed to the alarms, they’d nearly all been false.

But tonight - 80 years ago this year - was set to be one like no other as hundreds of German bombers headed towards the city.

Sheffield’s pubs, cinemas, hotels and theatres were packed to the rafters as the population put thoughts of the war behind them and decided to start to celebrate Christmas in earnest.

City centre shopping institutions like Atkinsons, Cockaynes, Walsh’s, Redgates, C&A Modes and Marks & Spencer were decked out in festive finery despite the continued air of menace.

As the all clear signal rang out at 4.17am the following morning great swathes of the city centre had been utterly destroyed; hundreds were dead and dying and bombs had been dropped across the entire city, killing indiscriminately.

The shock and devastation of the first night had hardly begun to sink in before the bombers returned three night’s later.

The Sheffield Blitz left over 2,000 citizens killed or injured and 40,000 homeless in the devastating two night raid. The attacks changed the face of the city forever.

First published ten years ago, 'Sheffield's Date With Hitler' was turned into a BBC documentary and was the catalyst for a massive campaign to remember the sacrifices made by the people of the city in World War Two.

The book has been fully updated and extended. It is widely recognised as the most comprehensive book ever written on the Sheffield Blitz. 

* This book is released on December 2nd, 2020.


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