The Real Peaky Blinders : Billy Kimber, the Birmingham Gang and the Racecourse Wars of the 1920s
by Carl Chinn
Editor: Brewin Books
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Elegant and dark, the BBC series”Peaky Oeillères” is set in the alleys of Birmingham after the First World War and tells the story of Thomas Shelby and his criminal gang coming to power.Yet the true stories behind these fictional characters are just as dramatic, bloody and convincing as the TV seriesThomas Shelby is Billy Kimber’s sworn enemy was in real life a Brummie from Summer LaneHe was a formidable fighter with an astute mind and magnetic personality which earned him the leadership of the Birmingham Gang which dominated the very profitable, racketeering racecourses of England.Members of this gang had once been”sloggers” or”peaky blinders” and from their places to supremacy was attributable to cruelty and to Kimber’s judicious alliances with other gangsBut they quickly engaged the envy of the Sabini Gang of London who fought violently to oust Kimber and his men, and take control of their racketsThe Birmingham Gang grew back ferociously in the infamous and blood-stained racetrack wars of the 1920sThis Birmingham Gang directed by Billy Kimber is the true Peaky of the Oeillères and it is their story
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