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Twisted Barrel Brewery and Tap House
FarGo Village, Far Gosford St, CV1 5ED Coventry, United Kingdom
On that fatal night in November 1940, the people of Coventry were subjected by the German Luftwaffe to the most deadly and sustained bombing attack yet suffered by any British civilians. Such was the trauma inflicted on the lightly defended city — both industrial power-house and historic treasure-house — that over the years rumours began to spread that the government had received prior information about the attack through its code-breaking team but had «sacrificed» Coventry in order to protect its sources.
Frederick Taylor's recent reappraisal, COVENTRY, THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 1940, was described by distinguished historian and Hitler biographer Sir Ian Kershaw as «easily the most authoritative study… a gripping account». His bestselling book about the destruction of the German city of Dresden also weighed up the legends as well as the facts when considering another notorious bombing raid.
In his talk, Frederick will compare what were probably the two most notorious bombing raids of World War Two and bring his close knowledge of both these attacks, as well as of the wider war, to give his audience food for new thought. Aerial bombing was brutal. It aroused feelings of anger and helplessness in those it affected. Confusion, bewilderment and, especially because of wartime news censorship, a lack of reliable information caused many legends to arise in both British and German cities. These were a strange and fascinating, even unique, a feature of the bomber war.
Skeptics in the Pub meet on the third Wednesday of each month and exists to provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science, scepticism, rationalism, critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest. Each month we invite someone to come and speak to us, and if there’s someone you’d like to hear, let us know!
It's totally free to attend our talks, we pass around a donation pot to help pay for our speaker's expenses but there is no obligation to donate.