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
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
IMAGE: B2982.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y63lkn79 LINKS: 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.