Coventry - The Devastation Begins

When the Blitz began over England - in 1940 - bombing from the air was still a new phenomenon.  In November of that year, Coventry was pounded with bombs ... for hours. 

So incredible was the bombing of Coventry that Churchill and the British government worried about its impact on the stability of the British people:

  • Would such constant pummeling erode their confidence?
  • Would people throughout the country experience a collective "nervous breakdown" because of what had occurred in Coventry?
  • Would the morale of the people collapse as their city was systematically destroyed?  Or - would they be propelled to fight on, to victory, despite overwhelming odds against them?

Taking a step back in time - before the November, 1940 devastation - let's look at Coventry, and its people.  What was life like before the German attack - codenamed "Moonlight Sonata" - which took place throughout the night/early morning of November 14/15. 

See, also:

Coventry - Survivors Tell Their Story

Coventry - Decimated by Nazi Bombs

Coventry - Rebuilding Morale and the City

Battle of Britain - Devastation in Coventry

Media Credits

Clip from the BBC's Timewatch - "Blitz:  The Bombing of Coventry."  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.


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