A book is being launched this week which brings together eye-witness accounts of the world's largest man-made pre-nuclear explosion, nearly seventy years ago in Staffordshire.
The Fauld Explosion happened on 27th November 1944 when nearly 4,000 tons of bombs tore apart the landscape near to the childhood home, Fauld House Farm, of the author, Valerie Hardy.
She was a schoolgirl when the bombs exploded. They had been stored in an underground ammunition depot and killed seventy people, as well as creating an enormous crater in the landscape, still visible today.
On the 27th of this month, it will be 68 years since the disaster, an anniversary documented in Hardy's book "Voices from the Explosion."
The launch of the book will take place at The Cock Inn, in Hanbury, which is just next to the Hanbury Crater. The building itself was so badly damaged in the explosion it had to be demolished and rebuilt.
The book is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the catastrophe, and tells the story through a series of first hand accounts - how the Second World War suddenly came to the sleepy Staffordshire countryside. Surrounding farms were destroyed and a local plaster works was engulfed by mud from a burst reservoir.
The Hanbury Crater is the largest bomb crater in Europe, but largely unknown outside a small area of the Midlands.