Warriors for the Working Day: Codford During Two World Wars - Romy WyethEast Knoyle: Hobnob Press, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “Codford, two villages which have grown together into one in the beautiful Wylye valley of south Wiltshire, is a community where the military are ever present. For 130 years the Army has trained on Salisbury Plain and has become part of the fabric of everyone’s lives. Through two World Wars overwhelming numbers of soldiers — from Australia and New Zealand, America and Europe — co-existed with the villagers of Codford, who welcomed and befriended them, and at the beginning of the third millennium many retired Army officers are living in the area.
By drawing together an impressive range of published and unpublished accounts, memories and photographs, Romy Wyeth captures brief moments during momentous times when the world was aflame. Warriors for the Working Day tells the stories of ordinary people of extraordinary courage, of a valley transformed and invaded as a result of global conflict, and of the local men who marched to war, to fight and to die on far-off battlefields. In one sense Codford’s wars were unique to itself, since they had such a dramatic impact on village life; but in another sense the stories told here, of heroism, compassion and comradeship, were paralleled everywhere, and offer a fascinating insight into the social history of wartime Britain.”