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Family Tree Researcher: Coventry Blitz Resource Centre
The Coventry Blitz: 'Hysteria, terror and neurosis'
By Jennifer Harby
13 November 2015
includes a map showing locations of factories in Coventry as at Nov 1940
Just after the main bombing- I worked at Daimler #2 near Courtaulds for a year making aero engines and we were bombed almost every night - can't recall
ever making a full shift - finally moved to Birmingham making Crusader Tanks before call up- we were only bombed once per week….
persistent blighters weren't they. Did you get paid per shift, or for hours worked?
Hope you're keeping well Tom.
Can't recall how we were paid in those days but I do know it was WEAKLY…..fairly well but lungs are getting smaller
Thanks, was only wondering if time on shift was curtailed, even for an air raid, were wages then docked accordingly.
Sorry to hear that - at least the brain is still firing on all cylinders.
Coventry Cathedral illuminated by the Tricolour.
'Hysteria, terror and neurosis'
BBC Radio 4 - The Raising of Coventry
BBC audio - 28mins
The Raising of Coventry tells the story of the bombing of Coventry 80 years ago. This documentary explores the city being razed to ground by 500 Nazi planes, to the rising up as a post war city, to Coventry being the City of Culture in 2021.
During the programme, dramatic story telling is used as 3 fictional characters tell their story of the bombing from emerging from the shelter, to a German pilot, to a priest who is in the Cathedral after and questioning his faith. This is mixed with historical news clips and eyewitnesses who lived through that night.
The show examines the true impact of 14th November 1940. Exploring the myth that Churchill sacrificed Coventry, so the Germans didn’t know the UK had cracked the enigma code. The show unearths the truth that Coventry was used to draw in allies as it was the first bombing of a City to be reported.
Through soundscapes, eyewitness and experts the show takes the listener to that November night and explores the sights, sounds and feelings of that terrifying night.
The show later explores the legacy of a post war city the highs it felt in the 50’s and 60’s, to disparaging remarks of it's architecture to the city re-emerging as the UK City of Culture in 2021.
The Raising of Coventry is narrated by Midlands Actor Cassie Bradley who is joined by Coventry actor Jay Sutherland, German Marcel Rasche and Brassic’s Steve Evets to tell the story of that night and the events that followed. They take the listener on a journey, exploring myths and discovering the real legacy of that night - not a city reborn but a City that has become a symbol around the world as a place of peace and reconciliation.
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