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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A letter to the National Archives

The National Archives

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Dear Sirs

75th anniversary publication request -  document AIR 20/4870

As you know, in 1944 the writer H E Bates was commissioned to write a monograph on the defence of Britain during the Blitz of 1940-41, which was titled "The Night Battle of Britain."

May I ask whether this study by a now world-famous author, written so close to the events it describes, will be made available online in time for the 75th anniversary of its completion, i.e. 2019? That year will of course also be the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Alternatively (or in addition), would the National Archives consider permitting hard-copy facsimile publication?


Demetrius said...

Ah, 1940/41, being near Coventry we had the bombers going over us and on their way back dumping some bombs. After that my parents packed me off to family in Liverpool and Bootle because someone told my Dad that the Germans could not get that far.

Sackerson said...

Bates heard a doodlebug blow up the tower of Little Chart Church near Ashford, where he lived; still a ruin - new church built nearby. Hope to visit it sometime. One landed near my dad's home in Cheam; when he pulled himself up again off the kitchen floor he found great shards of glass embedded in the other side of the door that had been blown open. If one of them had got him I wouldn't be here.

James Higham said...

One hopes.