… it is only since reading David Needham’s Battle of the Flames that I have grasped a true picture of the horror, terror, fortitude and heroism shown and experienced by the citizens of Nottingham and in particular the Fire Service, police and medical staff and the volunteer forces of the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) officers, the WVS (now Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) and all those neighbours and others who did their best to aid and protect during the onslaught.
David Needham takes us through Nottingham’s wartime experience from the setting-up (and occasionally somewhat rocky settling-in) of the city’s defence structure, and the gradual unfolding of the impending fearful attack on Nottingham.
David’s very skilled and readable account, as well as giving us a detailed account of the city’s preparations, also manages to convey the feeling of apprehension as the Blitz on the United Kingdom developed.
From Nottinghamshire Local History Association review
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