Blizzard of Glass

Blizzard of Glass

[the Halifax Explosion of 1917]

Audiobook CD - 2011 | Unabridged ed
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Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbour and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, c2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780449014660
Branch Call Number: BCD J971.6 WALK
Characteristics: 3 audio discs (2 hr., 51 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Michael, Paul (Actor)


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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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