An account of the Fire Bomb Raid on the Tower of London, 29 December 1940

Object Title

An account of the Fire Bomb Raid on the Tower of London, 29 December 1940

An account of the Fire Bomb Raid on the Tower of London, 29 December 1940

Date

3 January 1914

Reference

TOL FIRE 1940

Level

Item

Scope and Content

A typed transcript of a letter from John Bland of Holding Battalion Scots Guards, H.M. Tower of London, dated 3rd January 1941 to Major E.D. Mackenzie, Braichly, Ballater, Aberdeen, describing a walk from the West End (Coventry Street) to the Tower along the Embankment through the fire raid of 29 December 1940, With an annex of an official report describing the raid, with particular attention to the burning of the 'Institute' which at that time held Q.M. Clothing Stores, the Sergeants Mess, the Grocery Bar, Q.M. Clerical Office, the Orderly Room and the N.A.A.F.I. coffee stores, including 500,000 cigarettes. All except the latter were successfully evacuated, but the fire in the building could not be extinguished, partly owing to low water pressure and the fact that the tide was out!

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Creator(s) John Bland