Inferno : The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943
In July of 1943, British and American bombers launched an attack on the German city of Hamburg that was unlike anything the world had ever seen. For ten days they drenched the city with over 9,000 tons of bombs, with the intention of erasing it entirely from the map. The fires they created were so huge they burned for a month, and were visible for 200 miles. As those who survived emerged from their ruined cellars and air-raid shelters they were confronted with a unique vision of hell: a sea of flame that stretched to the horizon, the burnt-out husks of fire engines that had tried to rescue them, charcoaled corpses and roads that had become flaming rivers of melted tarmac. Using many new first-hand accounts and other material, Keith Lowe gives the human side of an inhuman story, and the result is an epic story of devastation and survival, and a much-needed reminder of the human face of war.
- Paperback | 512 pages
- 130 x 196 x 40mm | 521.63g
- 28 Feb 2008
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
"Facts and figures cannot do justice to the sheer horror of what happened to Hamburg in July 1943. But Keith Lowe's admirable book, which is impeccably researched and engagingly written, is full of moving little details and stories. A thoroughly engaging and sobering book. There are rather too many military histories of the Second World War, but this one deserves its place on the shelves."-- Dominic Sandbrook, "The Daily Telegraph" (London)
About Keith Lowe
Keith Lowe works as a history editor for a major publishing house and this is his first work of non-fiction. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.