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ARP And Civil Defence In The Second World War

ARP And Civil Defence In The Second World War

by Peter Doyle

ARP And Civil Defence In The Second World War

In the late 1930s, when war seemed inevitable and it was realised that aerial attack would be the greatest threat posed by any coming conflict, the government established a ...
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Auntie's War: The BBC in the Second World War

Auntie's War: The BBC in the Second World War


Aunties War : The BBC in the Second World War

The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British institution unlike any other, and its story during the Second World War is also our story. This was Britain's first total w...
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Britain's Final Defence

Britain's Final Defence

by Dale Clarke

Britain's Final Defence : Arming the Home Guard, 1940-1944

Known affectionately as 'Dad's Army', the Home Guard was Britain's very serious attempt to protect our shores from invasion by Nazi Germany in World War II. Sho...
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Called Up, Sent Down : The Bevin Boys' War

Called Up, Sent Down : The Bevin Boys' War

by Tom Hickman

Called Up, Sent Down : The Bevin Boys' War

At the outbreak of the Second World War the government short-sightedly allowed thousands of miners to enlist in the armed services. By 1943 the war effort was in danger of grin...
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Children In The Second World War

Children In The Second World War

by Amanda Herbert-Davies

Children in the Second World War : Memories from the Home Front

It was not just the upheaval caused by evacuation and the blitzes that changed a generations childhood, it was how war pervaded every aspect of life. From ...
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Coventry

Coventry

by Frederick Taylor

Coventry : Thursday, 14 November 1940

At a few minutes past seven on the evening of Thursday, November 14 1940, the historic industrial city of Coventry was subjected to the longest, most devastating air raid England ha...
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Crime in the Second World War

Crime in the Second World War

by Penny Legg

Crime in the Second World War : Spivs, Scoundrels, Rogues And Worse

Was There Crime in the Second World War? At a time of national emergency, the average person could be forgiven for thinking that crime rates would go d...
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Demobbed : Coming Home After the Second World War

Demobbed : Coming Home After the Second World War

by Alan Allport

Demobbed : Coming Home After the Second World War

Snapshots of gaiety and celebration - the street parties, the victory speeches - are how some people today think of Britain in 1945. But the years following the end of W...
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Dorset In Wartime

Dorset In Wartime


Dorset in Wartime : the Diary of Phyllis Walther 1941-42

Phyllis Walther wrote this Mass Observation Diary as she worked during the war for the WVS as a volunteer. She was responsible for the welfare of evacuees, partic...
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Evacuees

Evacuees

by Chris McNab

The Pitkin Guide to Evacuees

The evacuation of Britain's urban children to the countryside was a uniquely emotional decision by the British government during the Second World War. The Pitkin Guide to Evacuees tells the ...
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Evacuees

Evacuees

by Gillian Mawson

Evacuees : Children's Lives on the WW2 Home Front

On the outbreak of the Second World War, during the first week of September 1939 over three million people were evacuated. Operation Pied Piper was the largest ever tran...
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Evacuees : Growing Up in Wartime Britain

Evacuees : Growing Up in Wartime Britain

by Geoffrey Lee Williams

Evacuees : Growing Up in Wartime Britain

In 1939, at the age of nine Geoffrey Lee Williams and his twin brother Alan felt ready for the war but were not ready for its consequences. The government had long planned the ma...
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Evacuees of the Second World War

Evacuees of the Second World War

by Mike Brown

Evacuees of the Second World War

During the last days of peace in 1939 nearly two million people, most of them children, were evacuated from British cities, towns and ports to the countryside, or across the Atlantic to ...
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Fighting Fit

Fighting Fit

by Laura Dawes

Fighting Fit : The Wartime Battle for Britain's Health

At the beginning of the Second World War, medical experts predicted epidemics of physical and mental illness on the home front. Rationing would decimate the nation'...
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Home Front Posters Of The Second World War

Home Front Posters Of The Second World War

by Susannah Walker

Home Front Posters Of The Second World War

From ‘Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases’ to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, the Home Front posters of the Second World War have become part of British culture. Some were str...
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Home Guard Manual 1941

Home Guard Manual 1941

by Campbell McCutcheon

Home Guard Manual 1941

Two weeks before Dunkirk, Anthony Eden, Minister of War, announced to the nation on BBC radio his concept of a Local Defence Volunteer force. It was a grim time! The Germans were routing the Frenc...
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How To Keep Well In Wartime Replica

How To Keep Well In Wartime Replica


How to Keep Well in Wartime

First printed in 1943, "How to Keep Well in Wartime" was produced to set out the 'simple safeguards, the common sense rules, and the good habits which we can make part and parcel of our every...
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Life In A Wartime House

Life In A Wartime House

by Brian Williams

Life in a Wartime House

A pictorial examination of life at home in wartime Britain in the Second World war. The Pitkin series provides an excellent and highly illustrated introduction to a topic particularly well-suited...
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Our Longest Days

Our Longest Days

by Koa Wing, Sandra

Our Longest Days : A People's History Of The Second World War

For six years the people of Britain endured bombs and the threat of invasion, and more than 140,000 civilians were killed or seriously wounded. Men and women...
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Our Uninvited Guests

Our Uninvited Guests

by Julie Summers

Our Univited Guests : The Secret Lives of Britains Country Houses 1939-45

'It's hard to believe that there are still untold stories about Britain and World War II, but Julie Summers has unearthed a fascinating one that ...
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