Rations and Rubble - Remembering Woolworths, The New Cross V2 Disaster Saturday 25th November 1944, edited by Jess Steele
Published by Deptford Forum Publishing in 1994, 55 pages. A5 size booklet (N6770PECHP)
From the rear side cover: For many people it seemed as though the war was all but over. Christmas was coming and there were saucepans for sale in Woolworths again. The New Cross lads had been swimming and were having their usual hot drink in the tea-bar. An ordinary Saturday lunch time turned in a split second into a living hell. A V2 rocket, forged in the German mountains with slave labour and fired under orders of vengeance, slashed through the sky faster than the speed of sound. A direct hit at the back of Woolworths killed 168 people, injuring hundreds more and spreading the rumour of death throughout South East London.
This booklet carries the stories of survivors, relatives of the victims and the defence workers who toiled for three days and nights to pull the community back from its disaster, saving lives where they could, preserving the little details which would aid identification and clearing the blood-soaked rubble. It describes New Cross before the rocket and makes us realise how much we all lost on terrible day.
The booklet is illustrated throughout with several small black and white photographs
Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and creases but is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover