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.
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
PAGES: 212 IMAGE: B3089.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/tfzwl4n 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.