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ewg46
Birmingham
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136 of 166  Sun 13th Sep 2015 3:46pm  
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Thanks for the info Luke
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TonyS
Coventry
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137 of 166  Sun 13th Sep 2015 5:38pm  
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I have the "War Memorial Park" book by this author, which lists the plaque for your Great Uncle, but sadly there is no photo of him. Do you have the details of the location of his plaque? If not I can provide them for you.
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ewg46
Birmingham
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138 of 166  Sun 13th Sep 2015 5:51pm  
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TonyS Thanks for getting back to me. Yes I do have details of the plaque and a photo but again thanks for looking for me Thumbs up ewg
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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139 of 166  Fri 18th Sep 2015 8:15am  
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"Blitzed City", new book by Karen Farrington
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Primrose
USA
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140 of 166  Mon 21st Dec 2015 3:43pm  
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Read this review in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday - a new book called Coventry by Frederick Taylor. He has also authored a book about the 1943 bombing of Hamburg. Coventry by Frederick Taylor
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Primrose
USA
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141 of 166  Mon 21st Dec 2015 3:50pm  
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Aaargh, it's a link to the beginning of the article only - you have to subscribe to read it. In short, the review I read discusses what a technological feat the accuracy of the German bombing was, also how the bombing of Coventry was used by the British to win sympathy in the US, and that the author debunks various myths. "In the hands of a lesser author, this book might easily have ended up just one more literary mediocrity churned out in pursuit of an anniversary. . . . Mr. Taylor handles the subject with great care and never allows himself to get carried away." Food for thought. I suspect I may find this in my Christmas stocking.
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Helen F
Warrington
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142 of 166  Mon 21st Dec 2015 5:29pm  
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Interesting article - it can be seen in full by searching for "A Seething Mass of Flame" in google and then following the link.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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143 of 166  Mon 21st Dec 2015 8:47pm  
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I've read a few books by Taylor, and have his Coventry book. His stuff is usually well researched and doesn't pander to the myths that most half-wits believe.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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144 of 166  Tue 22nd Dec 2015 12:43pm  
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After my retirement in 87 I spent some time working at St Dunstan's (lift-boy) Sometime in the 70's I spent many evenings at a Red Cross nursing home for old Army boys, one from Coventry - I shaved him, bathed him, put him to bed and listened to his stories, and wrote a book about him. I have changed his name, and condensed a few lines. The soldier that leapt from the train before it had time to stop in Coventry railway station was 19 year old Peter Lapworth, born and bred in Coventry, apprenticed to a well-known firm in Coventry as a tool maker, until the army grabbed him. Now Peter raced through the entrance, flung himself down in a cab, asked the driver to take him to an address and promised him a huge tip if he made it quick. Peter couldn't hold back from telling the 'cabbie' he was on a 48 hour compassionate leave as his wife had just given birth to his son, the 'cabbie got him there in record time, refused the tip and charged him half-fare Peter hugged his wife, and held his son aloft, and spent the next few hours in great enjoyment, in his little terraced house, but the clock ticked on relentlessly. Peter had to leave Coventry at 4 in the afternoon to get to his camp before midnight as his unit were about to embark abroad. Peter vowed he would come back safely from the war, take his wife shopping, dancing, etc. Full of dreams of the future with his son, he barely made the 4 o'clock train, but arrived back at camp before midnight. Woken from an earlier than usual bugle call, Peter was told, as were his mates, to go to the mess hall and get an early breakfast, they would be shipping out within the hour. Peter sat down with his food, when someone came in with a radio and turned up volume. The city is still blazing, Coventry is afire, the Cathedral has been destroyed, whole streets have vanished. Peter vomitted . . .
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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145 of 166  Thu 20th Oct 2016 9:09am  
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"Great War Britain : Coventry Remembered" published Thumbs up
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Cherwell
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146 of 166  Sun 16th Apr 2017 8:28am  
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A new book by David McGrory - "Coventry in 50 buildings" Thumbs up
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147 of 166  Sun 16th Apr 2017 10:33am  
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PS: The publishers have an offer of 25% off today and tomorrow Wave
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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148 of 166  Sun 16th Apr 2017 9:16pm  
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The Works in Leamington are selling copies of "The Story of Coventry" by David McGrory for 2 pounds.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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149 of 166  Mon 17th Apr 2017 9:58am  
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Isn't that Peter Walters' book?
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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150 of 166  Mon 17th Apr 2017 8:26pm  
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Yes, it is. It's quite a nice condensed history of the city for those who don't have the Victoria History volume or other text books that have been written about Coventry.
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