It is now 81 years since an enormous inferno engulfed Pembroke Dock after a German attack in the Second World War.

Three Luftwaffe planes bombed the Pembrokeshire town on Monday, August 19, 1940, sparking what is believed to have been the UK's largest blaze since the Great Fire of London.

The three German Junker aircraft targeted Admiralty oil tanks above the town, with the resulting blaze lasting 18 days.

No fewer than 22 different fire brigades and 650 men attempted to fight the fire using nine miles of hose and 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

In total, the blaze caused 1,100 injuries with dozens of firefighters hurt and overcome with exhaustion.

Five men were killed, and the names of Frederick George Davies, Clifford Miles, Ivor John Kilby, Trevor Charles Morgan and John Frederick Thomas are remembered on a memorial at the site of the blaze.

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Of the 18 tanks at the Llanreath Oil Tank Depot, 11 were destroyed and 33 million gallons of oil were lost.

Despite being an almost cataclysmic event, the fire was soon to be eclipsed by others in London, Coventry and Birmingham, as the Luftwaffe's bombing offensive gathered momentum.

The event's impact on town has endured and information about the inferno can be found at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.

The story of the fire was published by Vernon Scott in his book 'Inferno 1940' which has since been republished by Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.

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