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ISBN: 9780857040855
AUTHOR: Gerald Wasley
Devon at War
Devon at War
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The county of Devon is said to have been the most militarily active county in England during the course of the Second World War. Devon At War can claim to be one of the few books that fully covers events on the Home Front during the war years, setting them against the ebb and flow of the conflict between the Allied and Axis forces.

From Plymouth sailed Royal Navy warships that were to take part in epic sea battles. On Devon’s beaches were trained the men of the Allied armies who took part in the D-Day invasion of 6 June 1944, including tens of thousands of American troops who sailed from Devon’s ports.

Away from the front line, ordinary citizens found their lives turned upside down, food rationing and war work, and the sudden influx of thousands of evacuees brought a new urgency to quiet rural backwaters, while Hitler’s sustained bombing campaigns saw death raining down from the skies, inflicting massive destruction on Plymouth and Exeter.

Using contemporary reports and formerly secret documents combined with eye-witness accounts and over 200 photographs the author tells the remarkable story of those turbulent years.

Devon At War is a fascinating photographic and written record of the county at war.

Gerald Wasley was formerly a Clinical Immunologist based at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He is the author of several books on medical laboratory science and scientific papers, including ‘Naval Medicine and Surgery at the time of the Armada’.

As a schoolboy, evacuated from Acton in Middlesex to Dartmouth, he can remember looking at the red glow in the sky as Plymouth burned under the German bombers in the spring of 1941. On the fortieth anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz he wrote a number of articles for the Western Morning News newspaper and also collaborated with the regional television service in the production of a documentary ‘City Under Fire’. Later he published Blitz - An Account of Hitler’s Aerial War over Plymouth, the culmination of many years’ research. Devon At War has grown directly out of this original research.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 085 5, hardback, 297x210mm, 208 pages. Published April 2011.

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Norfolk in the Great WarNorfolk in the Great War - £19.99
Themes explored in this fascinating work by Neil Storey include the road to war in 1914, how the county mobilized, recruitment, zeppelin raiders, spy scares,The Norfolk Regiment, local heroes, life on the Home Front, the War Hospitals that were set up by almost every town and many villages the county, the Armistice and the aftermath of war.
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Starting with the Norman Conquest this book follows each major development of the city, its social and political upheavals, and the principal figures who emerged to become an indelible part of Plymouth’s history, and that of the nation. The book concludes with the destruction of the much of the old city during the bombing raids suffered during the Second World War.
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