Bath at War: The Home Front 1939-1945Paperback
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- Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 172mm x 224mm
- Publication date: 25 October 2001
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 0750926724
- ISBN 13: 9780750926720
What was it like to live in fear of jackbooted Nazi storm troopers marching down Milsom Street at any moment? How did it feel to be mercilessly bombed and machine-gunned during two nights of the Baedeker blitz in 1942? What was it like to tour the devastated city streets the day after, the smell of burning still heavy in the air, and collect dead bodies for the city morgue? How did Bathonians cope with the blackout and the shortages of food and clothing? Where did they go for entertainment? What were their feelings about Yanks in the city? When did they come face to face with the enemy? How did they celebrate VE and and VJ Days? At the outbreak of war, when the blackout went up and the sandbags were piled high, the tenor of life in Bath changed overnight. Men marched off to war, rationing was introduced and Bathonians steeled themselves for the long haul towards an uncertain future. History tells us that in 1945 the Allies won the war and the Axis powers were defeated, but it forgets to say how the men, women and children of Bath who were left at home 'did their bit' for the war effort. Bath at War: The Home Front tells their story.
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David Falconer lived in Bath during the Second World War. A retired schoolteacher, he now lives in Trowbridge and sings in Bath Abbey choir. With his son, Jonathan, he is also co-author of A Century of Bath (Sutton 1999). Jonathan Falconer is the author of more than fourteen books and is a commissioning editor for a well-known history publisher. He lives in Bradford-on-Avon.