Norfolk in the Great War is an evocative
portrait of the of the county during the
First World War. It reveals the huge turmoil
in the county caused by the war, including the
mobilization of troops, the requisitioning of
animals, the care of casualties, and the
shortages of food. The author also describes
how the Home Front also became the front
line of enemy air raids – the first use of aerial
bombing in a global conflict – and the effect
of this on the population. And the book
reveals the tragedy of war and the effect on
this rural county brought about by huge
losses among the flower of its youth.
Themes explored 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.
This volume is profusely illustrated with
many previously unseen photographs and
documents from the nationally respected
archive assembled by the author. This book
will appeal to anyone with an interest in
Norfolk's military past.
Neil Storey is a born and bred Norfolk
man. A graduate of the University of
East Anglia and one of the foremost
historians of the county specialising in
social and military history themes, he has
published over 25 books and countless
articles for magazines and journals.
Undoubtedly a man blessed with a ready
wit and ebullient character he is a familiar
voice on BBC local radio; he has also
acted as a consultant and featured on a
number of television documentaries and
dramas. Neil is in constant demand by
both academic and social audiences for
his lectures, talks and legendary after
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 819 9, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2008.
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