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Firefighters and the Blitz

Free Lunchtime lecture by Francis Beckett

A free lunchtime talk. Firefighters in World War Two were as crucial to victory as the army and ran the same risks - 16,000 of them were killed during the conflict. Firefighters and the Blitz is their story, from the creation of the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1938, through the Blitz of 1940-41, the Baedeker Blitz of 1942-44 and the flying bombs which Hitler threw at the UK towards the end of the war.

Francis Beckett is an author and journalist. He is a past president of the National Union of Journalists. He writes for the Independent, the Guardian, and the New Statesman, and is editor of U3A News, the national magazine of the University of the Third Age. His book Firefighters and the Blitz is the story of the National Fire Service’s origins in the devastation of the Blitz during the Second World War, commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Blitz. Read his blog and current projects at www.francisbeckett.co.uk


Francis Beckett | talks


Date and Time:

14 June 2011 at 12:30 pm


1 hour



Shoe Lane Library
Hill House
1 Little New Street
020 75837178

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No ticket or pre-booking required. Seating capacity 50 for each talk plus standing room. We suggest arriving early to secure a seat.

Additional Information:

Nearest Public Transport: Chancery Lane Tube (Central Line) or City Thameslink (Ludgate Hill). Buses - Fleet Street or Farringdon Road.

Contact: 020 7583 7178 or shoelane@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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