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A Taste of Wartime Britain by Nicholas Webley

By Nicholas Webley

A vibrant and evocative selection of eyewitness money owed, diaries, reportage and scraps of reminiscence from males, girls and youngsters who lived in the course of the darkish days of worldwide conflict II. Lavishly illustrated with newspaper photographs and private photographs, the booklet indicates what lifestyles was once like for hundreds of thousands of normal humans in the course of the war--men and ladies within the prone, those that stayed at domestic, teenagers billeted with strangers within the nation and naturally the spirit and ache of the Blitz. It brilliantly captures the attractions, smells, sounds and voices of the rustic at warfare sixty years ago.

The booklet ends with a wealthy choice of recipes drawn from ads, scrap-books and magazines of the time, offering a truly literal flavor of wartime Britain.

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The V1 was a pilotless plane that carried on board a cargo of high explosives. The plane was launched and could fly without a pilot until its engine ran out of fuel. Then the V1 would come crashing down to earth, destroying all that lay beneath it. On the night of 12th June 1944, London experienced its first night of the flying bombs. Then on the 16th a procession of flying bombs came over by day and by night, and for two weeks the attack continued at the rate of about 100 V1 flying bombs a day.

CHRISTMAS TREES AND DECORATIONS It was impossible to get a tree for Christmas because of the timber restrictions, and even those who were fortunate to find one paid extortionate prices. They were often disappointed because these trees were merely smaller cut offs of bigger trees. If you were lucky enough to have a Christmas tree then the authorities sternly reminded you that it was inadvisable to use candles on the trees as you never knew when a German bomb might cause an electrical blackout and these candles might be needed.

This is a brief history of the Home Guard. INVASION FEARS AND THE LDV It was with considerable haste during the spring of 1940, that Britain began to prepare itself for a potential German invasion. With the government all too aware of how real this threat was becoming and how it was affecting Britain’s morale, it began to think up ways of how the country could be helped should the unthinkable ever happen. Many citizen’s felt that they wanted to do their bit, even though they may have been seen as too old, or too young, to be in uniform.

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