Title RAIDERS OVERHEAD: A DIARY OF THE LONDON BLITZ. REVISED AND ENGLARGED EDITION.
Publisher Scolar/Gulliver, (London, 1980), revised and enlarged edition.
Seller ID 22437
175 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, drawings. ISBN 0906428068 "....When theatres closed during the Blitz (Barbara Nixon) volunteered as an Air Raid Warden...a post which was very largely a male preserve, and she la ter transferred to the ARP headquarters in Kensington, London. Knowledgeable and candid, her account of the Blitz differs, often dramatically, from the official histories of the War and from much that has been written since...Barbara Nixon i s e x t r e mely funny, as she weighs up, one by one, the new colleagues she is thrown in with on the night shift at an Air Raid Wardens' post in central London. She is sad as she remembers comforting homeless children, their houses in ruins, t h ei r p ar en ts u nd iscovered. Often exhausted and sometimes frightened, she is angry with the Government and the local council, for their neglect of the poor, whose shelter was inadequate, often insanitary and occasionally more dangerous than t he ho us es the y l eft . H er anger is a political anger and the gulfs in society were clearly apparent to Barbara Nixon in the frustration caused by officials whose sense of self-importance was heightened by the crisis of the attacks from the a ir, an d w hos e c ompe tenc e to d eal with emergencies was frequently questionable. Barbara Nixon's wit punctures these petty Bumbles in words and in some of her line drawings which illustrate the text. Many photographs and superb graphic work by Brit ain' s fo remo st wa r art ists com plement her own work and add a visual richness to this personal, highly readable and absorbing account of the people of London at war." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edg e wr inkli ng, m inor rubbi ng. V ery Go od+/V ery Good+