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Bath at War: The Home Front 1939-1945 David & Jonathan Falconer

Bath at War: The Home Front 1939-1945 - David & Jonathan Falconer

Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2001, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Appendices (3);

From the cover: “Bath — a frontline city in the fight against Nazi tyranny during the Second World War. This might seem an unlikely status for an English provincial city hundreds of miles from the nearest fighting, but Bathonians were engaged in their own battle against Hitler on what became popularly known as the ‘Home Front’.

At the outbreak of war, when the blackout went up and the sandbags were piled high, the tenor of life in the city changed overnight. Men marched off to war, rationing was introduced, and Bathonians steeled themselves for the long haul towards victory.

David and Jonathan Falconer have interviewed more than fifty people who remember wartime Bath to give a fresh picture of life on the Home Front. They discover what it was like to live in fear of jackbooted Nazi storm troopers marching down Milsom Street at any moment, and how it felt to be mercilessly bombed and machine-gunned during two nights of the Baedeker blitz in 1942.

The authors have also discovered many previously unpublished letters that give fascinating personal insights into the war years, including a contemporary eyewitness account of the blitz. Reproduced here in print for the first time is a complete roll of honour for Bath’s civilian and military war casualties — more than 800 names.

This sequel to Bath at War is fully illustrated with many rare archive photographs, some never published before, and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Bath and its rich wartime history.”

Size: 9½" x 6¾". 123 pages.
Bath at War: The Home Front 1939-1945 David & Jonathan Falconer