By Nicholas Webley
A brilliant and evocative choice of eyewitness money owed, diaries, reportage and scraps of reminiscence from males, ladies and kids who lived throughout the darkish days of global conflict II. Lavishly illustrated with newspaper photographs and private images, the booklet exhibits what lifestyles used to be like for thousands of normal humans in the course of the war--men and girls within the providers, those that stayed at domestic, young children billeted with strangers within the kingdom and naturally the spirit and agony of the Blitz. It brilliantly captures the attractions, smells, sounds and voices of the rustic at battle sixty years ago.
The booklet ends with a wealthy selection of recipes drawn from ads, scrap-books and magazines of the time, delivering a truly literal flavor of wartime Britain.
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30 A TA S T E O F WA R T I M E B R I TA I N Of the 100 V1s that were directed at London, British fighter planes would bring down on average 30 of these a day. Defences on the ground, Anti-Aircraft guns, would bring down around ten. The other 60 would still get through. Some fell far from London, but around half reached their Greater London target. In the skies of Croydon, a borough that lay on the V1 route to London, you might be unlucky enough to see nine V1’s in the sky at the same time. During 1944, 142 V1s landed on Croydon over a period of 80 days, destroying at least a thousand houses.
My parents found it hard to be nice to some of the collaborators and thought it better to make a clean start. My dad didn’t even like taking their money for the work he did for them. Many years later we went back for a family holiday. It was no surprise to find that people did not like us to talk about the occupation. It seems as if as there are so many Islanders now with German blood in them that do not know it, it is hoped that if no one talks about it very often less of the truth would come out.
He said he hated the Jews and loved it when he could really beat them badly. My aunt used to sit on his lap and agree with everything he said. It made my parents very angry. There were so many girls going out with Germans and so many children as a result. When the Germans first invaded my parents had told us that we would do all we could to keep out of their way and hope that the Islands would be liberated soon. A lot of Islanders we knew thought the same but a lot didn’t. And when the Germans came they took them into their homes and beds without much hesitation.
A Taste of Wartime Britain by Nicholas Webley