This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Exeter Blitz of 1942. To commemorate these events, the Red Coat Guided Tours have planned an exciting special event running from Monday 1st May until Sunday 7th May 2017.
Departing from West Point of Exeter Cathedral at 10:30am, with and additional 3pm tour on Thursday 4th May and finishing in Northernhay Gardens, these tours offer the opportunity to discover how Exeter was affected by the air raids of 4th May 1942, and how this event shaped the city we know today.
About: Exeter’s Red Coat Guided Tours
Exeter’s Red Coat Guides are volunteers who are passionate about the city’s fascinating history and these FREE guided walking tours are the perfect way to explore Exeter. Operating daily throughout the year, there is a wide range of tours from which to choose. No booking is required. Simply choose a tour, meet your Red Coat Guide and discover historic Exeter.
About: Baedeker Raids
A series of attacks made by the Luftwaffe on culturally and/or historically significant cities during World War II in direct response to the devastating bombing of Lubeck and Rostock. They were given the name Baedeker Raids when Baron Gustav Braun von Stumm, a spokesman for the German Foreign Office, said on 24 April 1942, “We shall go out and bomb every building in Britain marked with three stars in the Baedeker Guide”, a reference to the popular German travel guides of that name. Exeter was the first city to be hit by the Baedeker raids, but not the last; York, Norwich, Canterbury, Colchester, Ipswich, Kings Lynn and Bath were all also targeted.