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The Blitz - 14th November 1940

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Kaga simpson
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406 of 410  Wed 20th Nov 2019 8:49am  
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A miss is as good as a mile the saying goes, but I wonder. as you head south out of Shilton railway station the train crossed a small valley on a large embankment, a huge bomb struck the base of the embankment luckily not damaging the rail, had it have done so many troop trains guns, tanks etc would have rolled down that embankment causing one of the biggest disasters of the war, just a few inches more would have done it, I and my brother stood on the edge of the crater less than eight hours after it struck, no photo's, not in print anywhere, just memories, part of the war that got lost in time.
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Midland Red
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407 of 410  Wed 18th Mar 2020 3:40pm  
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Interesting series of photos by George Rodger here, all purported to be in Coventry - some have appeared before on the forum
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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408 of 410  Thu 19th Mar 2020 1:50am  
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Of those images labelled as London, the one of mangled bus stops is obviously Coventry.
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Kaga simpson
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409 of 410  Sun 5th Apr 2020 11:03am  
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J B Shelton. A Night in Little Park Street. The way I saw it. The last horse coaches in Coventry were about 1877, and Shelton was born about that time. He grew up in a class system, a time of tradition and roots, and spiritual upbringing, and everyone knew their place in the system. He gained education and wealth, and he bought an old coaching house, with stables and outhouses. He started a haulage business and prospered, became a voice in the city, and council. But his coach house was right in the heart of the city, a cluster of 19th century buildings mainly of wood beams, wooden stairs cupboards and stables, hay barns etc. Close to was a cardboard factory, part of his business. The area was a virtual tinder box, just waiting for one spark. Late 1930s he was an old man for those days, most of his business and horses now gone, but a big noise in the city. Then came war, a ring of 14 or so huge guns were thrown around the city - deafening, the earth trembled when all in action, and this man had a number of horses in this shattering mind-blowing powder keg, despite government leaflets warning people of the painful distress of animals, and to board them out or cull them. Hundreds of people in the city did so, heartbreaking. We had many raids, the noise you cannot imagine. Debris rang down on the stables, one can imagine the terrified horses, but still he kept the horses in the city. The blitz came, and the spark hit this powder keg, and all hell let loose. Because he was so high in city dealings, they gave him a medal. Still the old boy network, and you people cannot picture it. Two or three days after the blitz, Coventry heard about these horses dying - many pet owners wanted to know why, farmers were incensed.
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Kaga simpson
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410 of 410  Fri 9th Oct 2020 9:19am  
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The Coventry City Fire Brigade was an all male affair until the war, then they employed the first of three young women - that made a difference to the talk. Quite soon the phones went dead, and we could only reach the crews with young boy messengers. One boy, son of Bill Kimberley, station officer, who had been killed in the raid, was not told till next morning but he kept taking messages. Just below Owen Owen’s, firemen fighting a fire near Sylvester's jewellers, a bomb blew glass all over them, then the building collapsed - six or seven trapped and killed. The rest of the crew were called to the Gaumont cinema - a bomb backstage killed 2-3 people, blowing arms and legs off. Taking people to the hospital, a bomb dropped in front of them on the tram lines, overhead cables came down on the ambulances, and rails came up - punctures galore, so they worked on foot. Walking through Coventry today, is there anything to remind us of these gallant men?
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