World War: IN THE AIR: One-Sided Lull

Last week London got its first and only bombing during July. After 32 peaceful nights the 2 a.m. alert signal—567th since the war began—so startled many Londoners that they turned on their lights before pulling their blackout curtains and got a dressing down from the air-raid wardens.

It was a haphazard, seemingly crazy raid by only a few bombers, blasting a number of private homes, killing many citizens with a direct hit on a shelter holding 120. Wags suggested that the Nazis put on the show for excitable, visiting Columnist Dorothy Thompson, who attended it from her fifth-floor windows in...

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