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.
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
PAGES: 116 IMAGE: B3115.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/rzxg2ye 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.