Here is the latest book of the month - ‘All Quiet on the Home Front’ An Oral History of Life in Britain During The First World War Author: Richard van Emden, Steve Humphries Read More here:
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In order to stop food prices from sky-rocketing and people from going hungry during World War Two, the British Government introduced a system of rationing. It was generally very popular, as the citizens recognised it as the fairest method of sharing out available supplies, and in the 14 years rationing was in place, Brits became cheerfully adept at ‘making do’ with what they had.
The ‘Doodlebug’, or V1 flying bomb, was one of the most effective weapons the Germans came up with in the war, and in terms of morale, it was one of the most devastating. Just when people were starting to feel safe again after the Blitz, that hair raising squeal in the skies… that only stopped when someone was about to die.
Christmas time in 1940, really was an explosive one, and on the evening of the 29th and 30th December, Luftwaffe, Germany’s powerful Air force, launched a devastating raid on London. Named the Blitz, during the raid 130 Heinkel HE111s aircraft dropped 10,000 Incendiary bombs, 300 bombs a minute, on central London causing a massive series of fires that wiped out the historical centre of London.
What a strange scene it must have looked — an elephant pulling a cart up and down the cobbled streets of Sheffield. It might have looked like the circus was in town, but this exotic beast was actually playing a big part in helping Britain during the First World War, helping carry heavy loads at a scrap metal merchants.
Last defence against Germany… The Spetisbury Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Dorset (Picture: Halsgrove Community History Series/British Resistance Archive) It seems unthinkable [...]
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