This is the story of Dorset in World
War Two – from 1939 to 1945. It is
no exaggeration to say that there is no
other single county in the British Isles
that contributed to victory in so many
decisive ways and on such a variety of
levels and fronts.
Dorset not only withstood the defensive
phase but proved to be pivotal in waging
the offensive war that followed – by
developing the ideas of secret science
into operational apparatus, by deploying
assault battalions of the county regiment,
and by providing the major American
springboard for the D-Day landings.
Taking the conflict year-by-year, renowned
Dorset author andWorldWarTwo expert
Rodney Legg shows how the county lived
and functioned in those troubled times.
Rodney Legg was born in Bournemouth
and has emerged as one of the area’s
most prolific historians. He has
produced dozens of books,
particularly on local history and walking
themes, and has edited both Dorset –
The Country Magazine and Purbeck and
Poole Magazine. Nationally he is still
active in the environmental movement
having been chairman of the Open
Spaces Society since 1989 and a
member of the ruling council of the
NationalTrust from 1990 to 2009.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 981 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2009. Reprinted February 2010.