New PDF release: A Taste of Wartime Britain

By Nicholas Webley

ISBN-10: 1854182137

ISBN-13: 9781854182135

A brilliant and evocative selection of eyewitness debts, diaries, reportage and scraps of reminiscence from males, ladies and youngsters who lived during the darkish days of worldwide struggle II. Lavishly illustrated with newspaper photographs and private images, the booklet indicates 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, kids billeted with strangers within the nation and naturally the spirit and pain of the Blitz. It brilliantly captures the attractions, smells, sounds and voices of the rustic at battle sixty years ago.

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

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The name of the new Force which is now to be raised will be ‘The Local Defence Volunteers’… This name describes its duties in three words… . This is a part-time job, so that there will be no need for any volunteer to abandon his present occupation… . When on duty you will form part of the armed forces… . You will not be paid, but you will receive a uniform and will be armed…’ Thus, in that succinct broadcast a legend, a true legend, was born. The men who signed up for the LDV (later of course to be renamed the Home Guard), were brave individuals; had the British Isles been invaded the men of the Home Guard would have had a most difficult and dangerous time.

Thus school became a painful experience in more ways than one. ); using rubber bands to catapult wet paper darts at each other during boring class periods; using small round oil cans with a long spout as water pistols; building working but useless models out of paper clips; cycling everywhere within a 30 mile radius; fishing with a line on a wood bracket and a bent pin; roller skating in the street; ‘scrumping’ apples, pears and walnuts and being chased off the property by the local policeman; the weekly football or cricket game and a once-in-a-while excursion to the local swimming baths, more frequently in the summer.

Leslie was taken to live on a farm in the Welsh hills and Margaret to an isolated house next to the church in a place called Nanty-Couse, where she learned to speak Welsh. When Eileen found where Margaret was living, Mrs Dawkins decided to make a visit. She later gave me a very funny account of that day. The address was ‘The Manse’ so she made sure that they were dressed suitably to visit what she thought was a vicarage. Imagine her astonishment when they arrived to find everything in the place covered with feathers as the woman was plucking chickens.

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