A Taste of Wartime Britain by Nicholas Webley

By Nicholas Webley

A brilliant and evocative selection of eyewitness money owed, diaries, reportage and scraps of reminiscence from males, ladies and kids who lived throughout the darkish days of global warfare II. Lavishly illustrated with newspaper photos and private images, the e-book exhibits what lifestyles used to be like for thousands of normal humans during the war--men and girls within the prone, those that stayed at domestic, young children billeted with strangers within the kingdom and naturally the spirit and agony of the Blitz. It brilliantly captures the points of interest, smells, sounds and voices of the rustic at battle sixty years ago.

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

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Women worked everywhere: in the armed forces as drivers, clerks or military police; on the anti-aircraft guns and in ARP control centres; as sand-bag fillers and fire-fighters; in the Women’s Voluntary Service (the WVS); in factories, underground and over-ground, producing munitions for the war; on farms in the Land Army growing food for a hungry nation. PA R T O N E • A P R E L U D E T O WA R 31 Under the National Service Act of 1941, all women between the ages of 18 and 60 had to sign up for some form of work.

The factory workers – mostly women by this point – began to return home to produce the generation that now holds political power both here and in the US. Yet the GFP continued. It provided a valuable service while Britain began the slow crawl back to normality. But its raison d’être – the General Forces themselves – also disappeared from the barrack rooms and mess halls across northern Europe, demobbed back to the homes, lives and jobs they had missed for many long years. The BBC announced its new pattern of broadcasting not too long after VE-Day.

GEORGE KNOTT BATTLE OF BRITAIN LOCATION LONDON ‘Right after Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of war on Germany the air-raid sirens sounded. Everyone rushed out into the street at the sound of aircraft, but it turned out to be just a couple of Spitfires flying fairly low overhead. The first job was to hang up damp blankets over the windows and doors, which was supposed to protect us from a gas attack – whether it would have worked or not no-one knew! Then of course every window had to be blacked out with dark curtains so that no light would show to the outside, and ARP wardens and police patrolled the streets shouting ‘Put that light out’ wherever they saw a chink of light.

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