A Woman Living In The Shadow Of The Second World War, Helena Hall’s Journal From The Home Front

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A vivid account of war on the Home Front and the life of an English village from 1940 to 1943. This is story that has been dwarfed by tales of courage and determination in battle. It is a story shared by millions for whom the war was a step removed from their lives, and yet as dominating as it was for those in uniform who fought at home or in a distant field. These previously unpublished diaries of an English woman surviving the war at home provides a fascinating insight into society and life. An absorbing story that has been lightly edited to retain all of the colour of Helena Hall’s diaries and supported by a lively photo plate section that includes cartoons and images from the time.

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NAME: A Woman Living In The Shadow Of The Second World War, Helena Hall’s Journal From The Home Front
DATE: 081214
FILE: R2117
AUTHOR: Helena Hall
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 268
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, Home Front, cities, towns, civilians, society, ARP, local events, diary, personal, English village
ISBN: 1-47382-325-0
IMAGE: B2117.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A vivid account of war on the Home Front and the life of an English village from 1940 to 1943. This is story that has been dwarfed by tales of courage and determination in battle. It is a story shared by millions for whom the war was a step removed from their lives, and yet as dominating as it was for those in uniform who fought at home or in a distant field. These previously unpublished diaries of an English woman surviving the war at home provides a fascinating insight into society and life. An absorbing story that has been lightly edited to retain all of the colour of Helena Hall’s diaries and supported by a lively photo plate section that includes cartoons and images from the time.

Somewhere, in a dusty attic or a book shelf in perhaps thousands of homes, there are diaries and notes still to be discovered from the traumatic period of WWII. This fine collection of diary entries from one English woman are now open to public gaze. So many people found time to jot down their thoughts and experiences of war at home, as did many a soldier in the field. In the latter case, the keeping of a diary was forbidden but frequently ignored. For civilians a diary was at least as much a solace, allowing thoughts and experiences to be examined in the quiet moments of the day, often with no intention of keeping this information for future generations.

This book presents the facets of war so often buried because the writer was a civilian, talking of life at home. It shows how the war intruded into every corner of life, even in an English village. There were so few men remaining at home, so many tasks that had to be performed by women and children as the local population worked to survive and to maintain some semblance of normality. There were all the new tasks of raising money and items for inclusion in parcels to those in uniform at war and as PoWs. The making of flags and posters, jam and cakes, helping at WRVS canteens. There were the impressions of war through listening to speeches, letters from loved ones in uniform, the bombing of cities and many changes to life. There were the shortages and the bombings, civil defence, ARP wardens, auxiliary firefighters, rationing, the reverses and successes reported from the battlefields.

This book provides a wonderful collection of impressions, views and insights from the view point of a civilian in the greatest war to be fought, where even at home, civilians were on the front line.

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