WHEN bombs began raining relentlessly from the skies over Swansea 70 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, 70 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.