Blizzard of Glass

Blizzard of Glass

[the Halifax Explosion of 1917]

Audiobook CD - 2012
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December 6, 1917, started like any other day in Halifax. But everything stopped shortly before nine o'clock that morning, when two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One of the ships was loaded with munitions for the troops fighting in Europe; the other was preparing to collect medical supplies for the war's victims. The resulting disaster was the largest man-made explosion until the detonation of the atomic bomb in 1945. The blast flattened large areas of Halifax and the town across the harbour, Dartmouth. It killed nearly two thousand people. As if that wasn't devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and slowing much-needed relief efforts. This harrowing story of tragedy and recovery reveals the extraordinary strength and determination of a community in one of its darkest hours.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, p2012.
ISBN: 9780449014660
Branch Call Number: 971.622 WALKE
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 20, 2017

I found this detailed account very interesting and wonder how long the research took for such details of an event so long ago. Then I was curious about the ship carrying such weight of supply for armament in December, and had to look up the entry of US to the war, about six months previous. This fits in with how the Queen Mary was destroyed - the learning experience of explosives has been costly.

I certainly agree with the other reviewer in that photographic coverage as we have today would have such a greater impact on the public records. If one bothers to dig deeper try a google search or for a three paragraph summary of this event.

It's hard to imagine that officials would require a young child to view the deteriorated remains months later to confirm his father's death. Kind of gruesome & might drive the child to have neverending nightmares. Considering how the true 'blizzard of glass' would shred flesh is too much for seasoned professionals.

Dec. 6, 1917, started like any other day in Halifax, but that morning, a ship loaded with munitions was hit by another ship, creating an explosion that was the largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb in 1945. This is the story of that day. Illus. with photos.

Oct 24, 2012

Sad story. Short book/3CDs. A description was given of the family situations and last moments before the blast and after for several people: adults, children, white, miqmaq. Too bad that photography was not as readily available in those days. This story could really use photos to see the scale of the devastation. It is neat to hear the street names affected by the blast because they still exist today.

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