Shortly before the bombing raid on Coventry in October 1940, the film London Can Take It, in which American journalist Quentin Reynolds paid tribute to the people of London enduring the Blitz, was released in the United States. The aim of the film was to gain American support against Nazi Germany. After the night of 14 November it became apparent that Coventry also ‘couldÂ take itâ. 1
In fact, the city of Coventry was repeatedly bombed throughout the war, largely due to its metalworking industry and munitions factories, which made it one of the prime targets for the Luftwaffe (the German Air Force).
The raid suffered by Coventry on the night of 14 November was of a scale usually only experienced by Londoners. It began at around 19:20 and continued to approximately 06:15 the following morning. Coventry ‘was continuously attacked by relays of enemy aircraft for some 11 hours’. 2 It was a bright moonlit night – perfect for raiding.