A GRADUATE from Wirral has published his latest book on the destruction caused by World War II across Wirral.
Dan Longman has been busy penning Merseyside War Years Then and Now while reading English at Liverpool John Moores University.
The book focuses on Wirral’s destruction during the conflict and documents the changes made since the war.
Dan, 24, from Birkenhead, said: “The streets of Merseyside exhibited some of the most awful examples of wartime obliteration ever known. Towns and cities dotted along the Mersey became some of Hitler's most heavily targeted sites during the conflict.
“In August 1940 the German Luftwaffe attacked Birkenhead in the first of over 300 such bombing raids Merseyside sustained that year.
“Almost 4,000 people perished and many more were seriously injured as the streets and buildings of Liverpool and Wirral were destroyed and their residents left in turmoil.”
Merseyside War Years Then and Now follows on from Dan’s Criminal Wirral and Wirral Tragic Tales.
He added: “Wartime secrecy made the production of this latest book particularly challenging.
“Newspapers of the time were careful not to print anything too specific in case the information proved beneficial to the enemy.
“It has at times been a bit of a headache trying to figure out the comparisons as there have been some really unrecognisable changes over the decades.
“The modern day photographs were captured by teacher Tony Sherratt. He has done a wonderful job and really helped bring the spirit of Blitz to us here in 2012.”
Merseyside War Years Then and Now is priced £12.99 and can be obtained from book stores across the area and online retailers.
Samples from the book and more of Dan's work can be viewed online at www.Facebook.com/Danielklongman