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- Horncastle College, Lincs
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- Harry Baxter
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- 29 October 2004
I'm going to try and give you some insight on war was like in London from 1939 to 1942. This was the time I spent in London during the Blitz,Buzz Bombs and Rockets.
The first we knew of war was the siren going as war was declared, then a few nights of peace. Then the bombers came in the evening and night not too often at first. But then the bombing started in earnest and we sometimes went to the shelters straight from work. Most of the 14 to 17 year olds and older people were doing fire duty on the roofs putting out incendary bombs, also doing First Aid and helping the wardens to get people to shelters and supplying them during the night with drinks of Bovril, tea or coffee or any other requirements.
As time went on we came to the Buzz Bomb period that was when you heard the engine coming across and would wait for it to stop because that was the time it came down and expoloded so you dived for cover.
Then we had the rockets, you never head them and never knew where they were going to land and explode.
The next morning was as straight forward helping to clear the path from bomb sites and looking for people buried under debris this was a heart breaking job because sometimes it turned out to be a neighbour or someone you knew. The lighter side of this was that we had a band and dancing in the parks every so often the people used to enjoy this so much. I must add now that the people even going through all these hardships and losing people they love took everything in their stride and I personally was proud to be British and still am!. I must add also that every town and city experienced the same, this was until 1942.
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