The Home Front 1939-1945 in 100 Objects

A new addition to a very entertaining and informative series.. This volume views the Home Front, 1939-1945, through the prism of 100 Objects. – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: The Home Front 1939-1945 in 100 Objects
FILE: R3089
AUTHOR: Austin J Ruddy
PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £25.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War II, WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, 
Home Front, air raids, ARP Wardens, air raid shelters, black-out, rationing, stirrup 
pump, incendiary bombs, gas masks, AFS, bomb sites, bomb damage

ISBN: 1-52674-086-9

PAGES: 212
IMAGE: B3089.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A new addition to a very entertaining and informative series.. This 
volume views the Home Front, 1939-1945, through the prism of 100 Objects. – 
Highly Recommended.

The British Home Front during WWII was as important as any other theatre of war. It 
saw the first consistent heavy air raids, rationing and the conscription of the 
population for war work and to serve in the military. Very few escaped the 
conscription and many of those that did had already, or were to, volunteer, often for 
the most hazardous jobs in munitions or in the civil defence organizations.

With the education system failing in many areas, generations are growing up with only 
dramas and films to teach them about WWII. Unfortunately, films and TV 
programmes delivering drama concentrate on the dramatic, often overlooking the 
modest but important artefacts and providing great entertainment that is poor history. 
Taking 100 Objects to illustrate conflicts is objective but it is very graphic in 
presenting the everyday objects that were familiar at the time but largely forgotten 
today.

One example is the stirrup pump which in Britain was a critical part of fire fighting, 
as part of the Air Raid Precautions efforts, and used by the GESTAPO and SS-SD in 
Occupied Europe as a favoured instrument of torture. Behind such an object lies a 
whole raft of anecdotes that bring WWII to life. As an example, a young woman 
married to avoid being drafted into the military, or organizations like the Land Army. 
We might assume she was an unpatriotic draft dodger, but avoiding compulsion, she 
volunteered as an ARP Warden, often sharing duty with her older husband who was a 
Fire Captain. Included in her equipment was: a bicycle, a stirrup pump, a bucket, a 
garden rake, a tin helmet, gas mask, fire axe, wound dressing kit and whistle. Every 
night she was on duty and earned a number of commendations, two of these being for 
using her garden rake to save houses by raking detonated burning incendiary bombs 
out of gutters. Her story was shared by many women, young and old, who were 
directly in the firing line, at work while the bombs were still falling. Today most of 
their equipment is unknown in its WWII context. Books in this series correct the 
information deficit.