By Nicholas Webley
A bright and evocative selection of eyewitness debts, diaries, reportage and scraps of reminiscence from males, ladies and youngsters who lived during the darkish days of global warfare II. Lavishly illustrated with newspaper photos and private photographs, the publication exhibits what lifestyles used to be like for hundreds of thousands of standard humans through the war--men and girls within the companies, those that stayed at domestic, young ones billeted with strangers within the state and naturally the spirit and agony of the Blitz. It brilliantly captures the attractions, smells, sounds and voices of the rustic at battle sixty years ago.
The publication ends with a wealthy number of recipes drawn from ads, scrap-books and magazines of the time, offering a really literal style of wartime Britain.
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Extra resources for A Taste of Wartime Britain
She had won a scholarship to Mary Datchelor School. In February 1941, I found that I was pregnant again. I returned to the flat in Peckham, South London, taking Helen with me. Son John who was now 14, returned with me, as the bombing had finished, apart from a few sneak attacks – or so we thought. August 1942, and Eileen was allowed to come home to help me through the pregnancy and on September 16th 1942, son David was born. I was now 43 years of age. Eileen returned to her school in Llanelly, John my eldest son, stayed in London to help me look after the two babies, Helen and David.
I attended four schools between 1939 and 1946, and I can honestly say that they were all alike in this regard, only the buildings and very few of the teachers were different. We almost cheered when teachers began to return from the forces in 1945-6. School became a totally different experience and for the first time in years we felt that we were beginning to learn something. Boys wore short pants and long socks in winter and summer, and a boy’s 13th birthday with the traditional present of his first pair of long trousers was something to celebrate!
However unlikely an end to the conflict seemed there was always the glimmer of hope that families would be together safe and warm around a lit tree and a steaming turkey and pudding. There were to be six Wartime Christmases; six aiming points to peace – none of which were accurate. It goes some way to demonstrating what it was about the British people that enabled them to see it through that they, when they could, kept Christmas well, or as well as could be expected. BOMBS, RATIONING, THE BLACKOUT AND CHRISTMAS CHEER!