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Swansea’s Burning – Special new edition

WHEN bombs began raining relentlessly from the skies over Swansea 75 years ago little did its residents realise it was about to become a town hotter than hell. At around 7.30pm on February 19, 1941, German bombers, launched the most significant event in the city’s history — the Three Nights’ Blitz. The bombers had been before, but this was different. Countless warbirds, each laden with a deadly cargo of explosives, filled the sky for three consecutive nights, pushing the defenders to the limit. The bombing, and the massive firestorm that followed destroyed a staggering 41 acres of the old town.


Some thought this was the end, but they were wrong. Swansea survived — just. In Swansea’s Burning author and long-time journalist David Roberts, has brought together a unique collection of facts and images of the time, 75 years ago, when Swansea’s history came to a full stop. It is a ‘before, during and after’ account that even with the passing of seven decades will still amaze. The book is a commemorative tribute to the city’s battle for survival and those who lost their lives in those distant nights of terror.


Originally the first ever hardback book on this emotive and never to be forgotten topic Swansea’s Burning – Remembering the Three Nights’ Blitz was a near sell out on its original release five years ago. It has now been specially reprinted in soft back form to coincide with the 75th anniversary of this horrific event.


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