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ISBN: 9780857040718
AUTHOR: Arthur Cook
Exmouth at War
Exmouth at War
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In the great scheme of things people often forget that many of Devon’s towns and villages, far from being sleepy wartime backwaters, played a vital role in the fight against the nazis. Indeed it has been said that Devon was among the most militarily active of any county during the Second World War.

In this book the author looks at his home town of Exmouth during the war years, drawing on years of collecting information and images, and interviewing many people who lived through the period and whose eye-witness accounts are included here.

A small but important port at the mouth of the River Exe, the town was victim to a number of raids including a devastating attack from the air in February 1943 in which 26 people were killed, many wounded, with great destruction of property. This and many other aspects of wartime in the town are covered, including: The Home Guard; Children in Wartime; The Exmouth Civil Defence; The Role of Women in War; and the American Presence.

With over 150 photographs, this important book will fascinate anyone who has a connection to Exmouth past or present, and all those interested in the history of the war on the Home Front.

Arthur Cook lives in Exmouth and has spent much of his recent life recording and collection memories of wartime from local people. His interest in this period of history started when he was a small boy when most of the toys he played with, including comics that he read and the films that he watched, were about the war. His interest in music also centred on the 1930s and 40s and when he met his wife in 2004, they decided to combine their interests and formed ‘Blitz and Peaces’, a live World War Two music show with which they now tour Britain, performing at living history events, museums, schools and preserved steam railways. Exmouth at War is his first book soon to be followed by a book on the Home Guard, also to be published by Halsgrove.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 071 8, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2010.

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