Your Towns & Cities In World War Two, Cambridgeshire At War 1939-45

A valuable addition to a very popular series. Cambridgeshire was a very important part of the flight deck of the concrete aircraft carrier that delivered destruction to Nazi Germany. – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Your Towns & Cities In World War Two, Cambridgeshire At War 1939-45 
FILE: R3115
AUTHOR: Glynis Cooper
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword 
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £12.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War II, World War 2, WWII, Second World War, Great Britain, 
Eastern England

ISBN: 1-47387-583-8

PAGES: 116
IMAGE: B3115.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A valuable addition to a very popular series. Cambridgeshire was 
a very important part of the flight deck of the concrete aircraft carrier that 
delivered destruction to Nazi Germany. –  Highly Recommended.

The people of Cambridgeshire, the City, the University and the County had suffered 
terribly during WWI. The cream of a generation were slaughtered in the fields of 
Flanders, in the air, at sea, and on the battlefields and actions around the world. They 
were not prepared for another great contest of military strength but they rose and 
united once more in 1939.
 
Cambridgeshire contributed in many ways with distinction. Silently, academics 
donned uniform and worked at Bletchley Park, breaking the German codes and 
shortening the War by many months, Some also were sent to the US to work on the 
plutonium bomb that concluded war in the Pacific and changed the world. The Pye 
Companies built radar and radio equipment that was vital to survival and victory. The 
Duxford Wing took its Spitfires and hurricanes into battle during the second phase of 
the Battle of Britain and then engaged in fighter sweeps across Western France to 
bring up German fighters to battle. Jewish children, and evacuees from industrial 
cities, came to the county to escape the threat of heavy bombing, but perhaps the 
greatest contribution was as part of the flight deck that stretched across Eastern 
England to host the RAF and USAAF bombers that were to develop 24 x 7 bombing 
of German cities to cripple German war production so effectively, but at such high 
cost in crews and aircraft as they thrust deep into the heart of Germany in the greatest 
air battle in history.

An example of the ferocity of the air battles was the building of the base hospital at 
USAAF bomber base at RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire alongside the main runway 
to reduce the time getting wounded crews out of their shattered aircraft and into triage.

It is fitting that amongst the memorials in Cambridgeshire is the American Cemetery, 
Madingley, more accurately Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire, dedicated to 
the USAAF dead.

The author has made a good job of painting a picture that encompasses the many 
facets of Cambridgeshire at War.