London's Bloody Blitz


July, 2019


The Lighter Side of

London’s Bloody Blitz 

as Seen Through the Eyes of a Young Boy 


A memoir of an unusual childhood. 

Now available on Amazon.


Two-time award-winning writer, Charles Berkoff, was a six-year-old cockney growing up in London’s East End at the start of World War II. With an emphasis on its lighter side, he now relives his vivid memories of the London Blitz…surely the most extraordinary period in a young boy’s life. In addition to WWII action, he touches on life in old London, and the social issues that significantly impacted his early years: the British class structure, corporal punishment, and anti-EastEnder sentiment. Even as everyday living evolved into everyday dying, humor, strong English tea, and not being in the wrong place at the wrong time ensured his survival. Winston Churchill helped. This is "London’s Bloody Blitz" all over again, and in the telling of it, that young boy is obviously back in the middle of all the action. I won't spoil it by telling you who won.


... "An unusually light-hearted and very personal account of a terrifying time" ... "A very different war memoir" ... "Funny and informative" ... "Brings back memories for those of us who were there" ... "Love the cockney dialect."



July 24, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition. Verified purchase.

"A dark time told in a witty style. I thoroughly enjoyed Charles Berkoff’s new book about his experiences during the London Blitz in World War II. The author has a great sense of humor and his light-hearted account of this critical phase of Britain’s war with Nazi Germany – as experienced by a young boy – is highly recommendable."