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Crime in the Second World War
by Penny Legg
Civilians as well as British and American servicemen were tempted into crime. What became of those Spivs, Scoundrels, Rogues and Worse who strayed during WW2.
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Blood & Bandages
by William Earl & Liz Coward
Treating the wounded, often under fire, before removing them from danger in North Africa and throughout the entire Italian campaign. Detailed memories and experiences.
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Fighting for the Empire
Fighting for the Empire is the story of a remarkable Irishman, a staunch Catholic from Galway who served the British Crown and its Empire for almost fifty years. His extraordinary military career took in countless conflicts including two World Wars, Imperial adventures, acts of heroism and encounters with royalty. It also included a period of Irish history that split families and communities in two.
The 1960s Look
Lavishly illustrated throughout this book takes you back to a decade of fab miniskirts, groovy Beatles’ jackets, swinging Edwardian military uniforms, Mods in parkas and Rockers in leathers, plus the hairstyles, jewellery, make-up, and so much else that went to make up ‘the 1960s look’.
CC41 Utility Clothing - The Label that Transformed British Fashion
Mike Brown looks at the background to, and the evolution of, the clothing scheme and the symbol as it changed to include more items of clothing, from underwear to fur coats.
A fascinating explanation of a little understood scheme with a wealth of knowledge complimented by colour photographs and original illustrations throughout.
D-Day June 6 1944 – Following in the footsteps of heroes
To be used as a history book or as a guidebook for visitors to the battlefield, the authors use a compelling combination of background narrative and first-hand accounts in this lavishly illustrated guide that will touch every reader, providing a new perspective into the world’s greatest ever seaborne invasion – June 6th 1944 – D-Day.
The New Forest at War - Revised & Updated.
The New Forest at War documents the social and military history of this unique area of Britain during the Second World War. The Forest was on the front line in the build-up of D-Day in June 1944 and with over 100 photographs and many first-hand accounts it provides a fascinating snapshot of life at this critical time in the nation’s history.
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Night Raiders - Board Game
Night Raiders is an accurate reproduction of an authentic British second world war board game. It updates the traditional game of ‘snakes & ladders’ to an exciting battle to reach the target and is popular with both children and adults alike.
The Pin-up in World War ll
Author Mike Brown, an authority on the period, has researched deeply in archive sources to bring together a fascinating selection of photographs, picture postcards, artworks and drawings of beautiful women in beguiling poses. Ranging from the tasteful nude portraits to the erotically charged paintings of artists like Alberto Vargas and the whimsical humour of Norman Pett’s Jane, this book provides a wonderfully evocative vision of an age gone by.
Parachute Doctor - The Memoirs of Captain David Tibbs
Parachute Doctor is the story of Captain David Tibbs RAMC MC who as a member of 225 (Parachute) Field Ambulance and the 13th Parachute Battalion served with the 5th Parachute Brigade of the famous 6th Airborne Division. His fascinating recollections together with many of his own personal photographs make this full colour picture rich book a popular choice.
Doing Their Bit - Home Front lapel badges 1939-1945
Doing Their Bit is illustrated with over 700 wartime lapel badges and ephemera, records the wartime history of over 200 organisations which wore them and shows how Thomas Fattorini Ltd became a major manufacturer of Home Front badges. This invaluable guide should be on the shelves of anyone with an interest in the history of wartime Britain.
Air Raids & Ration Books
For those born after the Second World War life on the Home Front is often viewed as a rather romantic, or dangerous experience, of air raids, doomed love-affairs, dances, and plucky defiance. Of course all these things happened, but the day-to-day reality of life in wartime Britain was a more mundane struggle, not with the Luftwaffe, but with making ends meet under austerity, rationing, and shortages.
Digging For Victory
Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs and ephemera relating to the ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign, this expertly researched, highly engaging and informative account also includes archive images of home front gardening, garden produce and advertisements.
The Allotment & Garden Guide
Produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Allotment and Garden Guides were issued monthly throughout 1945. Aimed at the amateur gardener they were to be the final rallying call in the wartime campaign to Dig for Victory. Packed with additional photographs and illustrations, Twigs Way gives an historical overview to gardening during the Second world war and comments on each month of the guide.
The 1950s Look
Moving forward another decade from his successful "The 1940s Look" Mike Brown takes an in depth look at the the 1950s – decade of the Coronation, the conquest of Everest, the Festival of Britain, the Suez Crisis, and Britain’s first Wimpy Bar.
The 1940's Look
The 1940s Look tells you everything you need to know about the fashions of wartime and the impact that rationing, the Utility scheme, changing tastes and the demands of everyday life had on the styles people wore.
Jon Mills presents a comprehensive guide to the introduction of utility Furniture and includes a facsimile reproduction of the first Utility catalogue that appeared in 1943.He gives a fascinating insight into the privations of the war years and a nostalgic look back for those who remember this sturdy furniture, much of which has survived into the 21st century.
Dunton Green - the past in pictures
Packed with photographs of Dunton Green from the last one hundred years, this book allows you to step back into the past. Wonderful photographs and informative text, this book not only shows the village through the years but tells you some of its history.
Make Do and Mend (ISBN 9780955272349)
This faithfully reproduced book originally produced in 1943 by the Board of Trade is often quoted and mentioned in modern reference books and is now available for all those interested in the Second World War British Home Front. A nostalgic look back at the wartime techniques for household economies, which can still be used today
Welcome to Britain (ISBN 0-9552723-0-0)
This booklet was issued to American forces in an attempt to get them acquainted with the British, their country, and their ways, and avoid some of the more obvious misunderstandings that could easily occur without at least a little knowledge of the strange and wonderful British customs.
Covering a diverse range of subjects such as, customs & manners, sports & pastimes, history & language, as well as some important do’s and dont’s, it is a delight to read and goes to show that some things haven’t changed that much in the last 60 years since this was originally produced.
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