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Series marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz. John Humphrys returns to south Wales to discover more about the effect of the Blitz on Cardiff and Swansea.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the Blitz, John Humphrys returns to south Wales to discover more about the devastating Nazi bombing campaign and how it affected those who experienced it.

He sees the reconnaissance maps the Germans used to identify key bombing targets, and takes to the air to follow the direct flight path of the Luftwaffe bombers as they attacked Cardiff and Swansea. Back on the ground, he also meets survivors of the bombings, including Elaine Kidwell from Swansea, who describes the Blitz on the city as hell.

John also visits locations where the bombs hit, including the site of Hollyman's Bakery, the setting for the worst single atrocity in Cardiff. This is a personal story for John, who was born in 1943, and who remembers playing amongst the rubble of the bombsites in Splott, near Cardiff's docks.

45 minutes

Last on

Thu 29 Mar 2018 14:40



Role Contributor
Presenter John Humphrys
Series Producer Richard Weller
Executive Producer Jeff Anderson
Producer Georgina Lee
Director Georgina Lee