By Nicholas Webley

ISBN-10: 1854182137

ISBN-13: 9781854182135

A shiny and evocative number of eyewitness money owed, diaries, reportage and scraps of reminiscence from males, ladies and kids who lived during the darkish days of worldwide conflict II. Lavishly illustrated with newspaper photos and private images, the ebook exhibits what lifestyles was once like for thousands of standard humans through the war--men and girls within the providers, those that stayed at domestic, kids billeted with strangers within the state and naturally the spirit and pain of the Blitz. It brilliantly captures the points of interest, smells, sounds and voices of the rustic at struggle sixty years ago.

The ebook ends with a wealthy selection of recipes drawn from ads, scrap-books and magazines of the time, offering a truly literal flavor of wartime Britain.

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At first, as soon as the sirens sounded we sheltered from the bombing in a sort of corrugated iron Anderson shelter covered with earth at the bottom of the garden, and more than once said ‘goodbye’ to each other when the action was heavy and the bombs falling close by. ’ Therefore after about a week of this we went back into the house and slept under a marble billiard table until that too soon became quite a chore and we finally went back upstairs to bed. It was sometimes hard to sleep in the noise and flashes of the guns, and especially so when a Bofors gun was put on rails and manned at the open Underground line near Arnos Grove tube station.

INVASION FEARS AND THE LDV It was with considerable haste during the spring of 1940, that Britain began to prepare itself for a potential German invasion. With the government all too aware of how real this threat was becoming and how it was affecting Britain’s morale, it began to think up ways of how the country could be helped should the unthinkable ever happen. Many citizen’s felt that they wanted to do their bit, even though they may have been seen as too old, or too young, to be in uniform.

Mothers and Children 350,000 to 400,000 Unaccompanied Children 141,000 Expectant Mothers 20,700 Total 1,250,000 It must be remembered that evacuation did save countless lives and was necessary to protect the vulnerable. ’ It is a dilemma that thankfully most of us have never had to face. PA R T O N E • A P R E L U D E T O WA R 19 THE AMERICAN AIRFORCE ENTERTAIN FORCES OF LIGHT It is well known that World War II was the making of the BBC. The pre-war BBC had been easily accused of being staid and overly educative, not least by Associated-British Picture Corporation’s film ‘Radio Parade of 1935’ satirising the BBC as the ‘NBG’ and deriding its experiments in television and dull programming.

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