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

This new addition to a highly popular series pulls no punches. The local authority practises in the North East have long included corruption, reaching an extreme in the 1960s, but also an important factor during WWII – Very Highly Recommended

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NAME: Your Towns & Cities In World War Two, Newcastle At War 1939-45
FILE: R2982
AUTHOR: Craig Armstrong
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 215
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, 
Home Front, industrial, urban, Northumberland, North East England, ARP, war 
industries, corruption, corrupt officials, Local Government

ISBN: 1-47386-750-9

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DESCRIPTION: This new addition to a highly popular series pulls no punches. The 
local authority practises in the North East have long included corruption, 
reaching an extreme in the 1960s, but also an important factor during WWII –   
Very Highly Recommended

The industrial urban area of Newcastle was bound to become a major element in the 
British war industrial effort during WWII. The metal working and shipbuilding 
developed during the Industrial Revolution was just a part of the immense 
contribution made by the area to the war effort. This naturally made the area a prime 
target for German air raids and resulted in some of the heaviest bombing experienced 
in Britain during the war.

As with other towns & cities across Britain, the young men flocked to the colours 
and their jobs were filled largely by women. The level of patriotism in general was 
exemplary. The civil population responded stoically to the hardships and the serving 
military personnel carried out their duty heroically. However, there were some 
serious blemishes to the war record and the author has not pulled any punches.

Industrial strikes were illegal during WWII in Britain and the laws were treated 
seriously by the Coalition Government. Even so, the heritage of industrial disputes 
and Communist agitation, that had done much to undermine the prosperity of 
Newcastle and the North East, continued into the war years and prosecutions resulted 
in imprisonment, often with hard labour. Even after the Soviets became allies, 
industrial unrest continued and blemished the fine war record of the majority of the 
population.

The other stain on Newcastle's war record was the endemic corruption of officials 
within the Local Authorities and the ARP. Investigations uncovered a very high level 
of corruption. The scale of the problem was so great that the courage and 
determination of honest ARP workers was tarnished unfairly at a time when the very 
heavy bombing made them a vital part of the civil defences.

The author has provided a comprehensive and honest study of Newcastle during 
WWII. His text is well supported by many illustrations through the body of the 
book, including rare images, some published for the first time in a book available 
to a general readership.