During two successive nights in April 1942, Nazi Germany launched three devastating air raids on the city of Bath. Over 400 people lost their lives and 19,000 buildings were damaged.
To commemorate those dreadful events, you can now order a special 70th Anniversary edition of Bath At War, a DVD which tells the full harrowing story of one of the fiercest onslaughts ever suffered in the West Country.
Bath was targeted owing to its beauty and cultural heritage, in response to Allied attacks on historic German cities, such as Lubeck and Rostock. The Luftwaffe ravaged the city, bombarding it with both incendiary and high explosive bombs, as well as machine-gunning the streets to hamper the work of the emergency services.
This DVD contains not only the dramatic recollections of survivors, but also commentaries and reconstructions by eminent local historians. Many locations in and around the city are visited, and the
story is brought to life by the inclusion of rare contemporary colour film extracts, photographs and documents from both British and German archives.
A royalty from every sale of the original video, released by local history specialists 1st Take in 2002, contributed to the cost of erecting a memorial to those who died in the raids, at the Royal Avenue entrance to Victoria Park. This royalty is now paid to the Royal British Legion, and the newly re-mastered version includes evocative footage from the 70th Anniversary Service of Remembrance on April 22nd 2012.