Notes - Coventry Carol by A.J. Hall
Historical note: The Coventry Blitz of 14 November 1940 killed at least 554 men, women and children.
It has been controversially claimed that the Allies were aware of the size and destination of the impeding raid, but decided not to take counter-measures for fear of revealing the top secret German Enigma code had been cracked, thus prejudicing the rest of the Allied war effort.
“Forsan et haec meminisse iuvabit”: Aeneid, Book I: “Perhaps one day we will even enjoy remembering this lot”