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From: Adrian Gray <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Re: Bombed out, then what?
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 00:13:37 +0100 (BST)
References: <000301c593aa$85877e60$0200a8c0@Vaio> <000f01c59461$1c9013b0$8201a8c0@Mumsie> <00e801c59467$f3161460$0200a8c0@Vaio> <003e01c5946e$7fee8a60$0201a8c0@Brian> <004001c59478$937b60d0$6501a8c0@Chris>
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A distant cousin was telling me about a month ago about Exeter being bombed. He
was here as part of the 9th Battalion Essex regiment (Essex link, Chris!) and,
until that night (May 10th, I think), no-one ever bothered with the shelters
when the sirens went because Exeter wasn't worth bombing!

However following the 1000-bomber raid on Cologne Hitler, by way of revenge,
ordered that British "cultural" cities be bombed in return for bombing
the "cultural" city of Cologne. Targets were allegedly picked from the
Baedecker tourist guides and to this day the air raids of spring 1942 are known
as the Baedecker raids. Hence Exeter, York, Canterbury, Norwich.....


In message <004001c59478$937b60d0$> "Chris Goddard"
<> writes:
> It's not Essex, but I hope it's relevant.
> When Plymouth was blitzed from 1941, bombed out families were sent 'up
> country' to Exeter which escaped bombing until 1942. Exeter is a very
> different city from Plymouth, and although only 42 miles away, was a good 90
> minutes by train in those days.

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