The Home Front 1939–1945 In 100 Objects

LIKE ME, I’m sure many readers enjoy reading Austin J Ruddy’s regular Militaria section in Britain at War, so I was delighted to receive his new book on home front items from World War Two. After reading the 200+ pages over the New Year holiday, I can say that I wasn’t disappointed.

The book is set out in more or less chronological order starting in July 1939, and examines one item or subject in detail.

The day-to-day objects covered in this book, be they produced in their thousands to the far from ordinary or unique, all portray and exude the highs and lows of the British people during six long years of conflict. From the deprivations of rationing and the bombing of the Blitz, to the uplifting songs, elegant fashions and ‘Dig For Victory’ spirit, are all captured in detail and in colour.

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