BATTLE OF ENGLAND: Obsessive Menace

London was 8,000,000 people obsessed. Their waking hours were haunted by one persistent, bedeviling fact: flying bombs. And the flying bombs were causing too many waking hours; there was little sound sleep in London, or near it.

Most Londoners knew that the Things were worse on nerves than the blitz at its worst. It was not so much that the Things killed, maimed, destroyed, disrupted. As they had before, they did all that in one awful peak of 14 consecutive hours one day last week. London could take all that again.

What had...

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