Prior to September 1939, Cyril Demarne had been fighting fires in the East End of London for fourteen years. On the outbreak of war he became one of the nucleus of professional firemen preparing men and Auxiliary Fire Service for the maelstrom of the Blitz. A gifted writer, Cyril describes their trials, their endeavors and their sacrifices, now enshrined in the Fireman’s Memorial unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in May 1991. The memorial bears the names of 1,027 men and women of the Fire Service who died as the result of enemy action in the United Kingdom. Their names are also recorded in the Roll of Honor in this book.
This is a true story, told by a fireman in a way that only a fireman who experienced the horrors of the Blitz could tell it. It is a story of ordinary men and women in extraordinary circumstances who, with fortitude and great courage, became very far from ordinary. To them, this book is dedicated.
8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 156 Pages, 144 Photos, Hardcover.