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Connaughton, Richard, CELEBRATION OF VICTORY: V-E DAY 1945. Brassey's, 1995. NF. Trade Paperback. NEW from publisher, but with two minor flaws: a slight crease across front cover corner, and a creased final page. Glossy paper throughout, profusely illustratred with photographs, 175 pages.


Cronenberg, Allen. FORTH TO THE MIGHTY CONFLICT: Alabama and World War II. NEW copy, still in shrinkwrap. (University of Alabama Press, 1995). Illustrated, 220 pages. "...examines not only Alabamians on the war fronts, but Alabama's contributions on the home front, as well as the economic, social & political changes produced by the War. Cronenberg weaves the stories of individual Alabamians & Alabama-related military units into a brief narrative history of WWII. Interviews with numerous veterans of the war and home front supplement research in archives, newspapers, scrapbooks, collections of photographs and secondary sources.


Diehl, Lorranine B. OVER HERE!: New York City During World War II. NEW copy, hardcover. (Smithsonian, 2010). Illustrated, 288 pages.

~~~ More than any other place, New York was the center of action on the home front during World War II. As Hitler came to power in Germany, American Nazis goose-stepped in Yorkville on the Upper East Side, while recently arrived Jewish émigrés found refuge on the Upper West Side. When America joined the fight, enlisted men heading for battle in Europe or the Pacific streamed through Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station. The Brooklyn Navy Yard refitted ships, and Times Square overflowed with soldiers and sailors enjoying some much-needed R & R. German U-boats attacked convoys leaving New York Harbor. Silhouetted against the gleaming skyline, ships were easy prey—debris and even bodies washed up on Long Island beaches—until the city rallied under a stringently imposed dim-out.
~~~ From Rockefeller Center's Victory Gardens and Manhattan's swanky nightclubs to metal-scrap drives and carless streets, Over Here! captures the excitement, trepidation, and bustle of this legendary city during wartime. Filled with the reminiscences of ordinary and famous New Yorkers, including Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, and Angela Lansbury, and rich in surprising detail—from Macy's blackout boutique to Mickey Mouse gas masks for kids—this engaging look back is an illuminating tour of New York on the front lines of the home front.


O'Brien, Kenneth Paul, and Lynn Hudson Parsons (eds), THE HOME-FRONT WAR: WORLD WAR II AND AMERICAN SOCIETY. NEW copy. Hardcover without dust jacket (as issued). Greenwood Press, 1995. Bibliography, index, notes on editors & contributors, 211 pages. "Prepared under the auspices of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities". A collection of scholarly essays on the following topics: World War II and the Bill of Rights; Hollywood and the Politics of Representation: Women, Workers, and African Americans in WWII Movies; Creating "Common Ground" on the Home Front: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in a 1940s Quarterly Magazine; "My Children Are My Jewels": Italian-American Generations during World War II; Remembering Rosie: Advertising Images of Women in World War II; Women Defense Workers in World War II: Views on Gender Equality in Indiana; "The Vice Admiral": Margaret Chase Smith and the Investigation of Congested Areas in Wartime; Did the "Good War" Make Good Workers?; Bad News from the Good War: Democracy at Home During World War II. Currently in print at $73.95.


click to enlarge Appleton, Wendy. A LITTLE GIRL'S WAR. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Amberley, 2013). 128 pages.

~~~ Wendy ran home through the streets of Bexleyheath with the air-raid siren wailing, her little gas mask box bumping against her hip. Just as she reached her front gate, a Spitfire spiraled out of the air and crashed into the school field at the end of the road. You never forget a moment like that.
~~~ Growing up in Bexleyheath in the Second World War, bombs, air-raid sirens and fear were all Wendy had ever known. Here, through the eyes of a small child, we see family life on the Home Front in 1944 in its entirety – from bombed-out houses to burnt potato peelings, from math lessons and classroom antics to air-raid sirens and crashing planes.
~~~ After the family slept through an air raid that destroyed the houses directly opposite, Wendy’s parents decided it had become far too dangerous. Wendy, her sister Thelma and her brother Brian were evacuated to Burnley in Lancashire. Surrounded by a new accent, shining front steps and outdoor lavatories, this little girl felt a long way from home. She was surprised by the absence of air-raid shelters and the novelty of an uninterrupted night’s sleep. However, the two women who took Wendy and her sister into their home helped her adjust to a new way of life. She remembers fondly the kindness of these women and the bond she developed with them, as well as her other experiences as an evacuee: a new school, nits, chickens, gravy, her first trip to the seaside and a pillowcase of Christmas presents.
~~~ Wendy Appleton describes beautifully the memories that were imprinted so deeply on her young mind. These pages contain the sights, songs and sounds of her wartime childhood.

~~ Not available until late July 2013.


click to enlarge Brooks, Alan. LONDON AT WAR: Relics of the Home Front from the World Wars. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Wharncliffe, 2011). 6x9, 300 photographs, 192 pages.

~~~ The two world wars of the twentieth century seem so distant from us now, a lifetime ago, in a different age. Yet in London the evidence of these conflicts is around us, near at hand, in the many relics and reminders that are scattered across the fabric of the modern city. And, as Alan Brooks demonstrates in this fascinating photographic record, they can be seen and visited today.
~~~ Plaques and inscriptions, graves, cemeteries and rolls of honor, stone monuments and stained glass, war-damaged buildings, pillboxes and air-raid shelters, painted signs and camouflage – these are just some of the mementoes of war, and of the experience of Londoners, during the greatest conflicts the country has known.


click to enlarge Hodge, Susie. THE HOME FRONT IN WORLD WAR II: Keep Calm and Carry On. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2013). 6x9, 16 pages of plates, 256 pages.

~~~ This book brings an era to life with vivid stories and information from those who were there. During World War Two, 90% of the British population remained civilians. The War affected daily life more than any other war had done before. The majority of British people faced this will fortitude, courage and determination and this is their story, the telling of events and situations that forced their ingenuity and survival instincts to rise. ‘Make do and mend’ came to mean so much more than reworking old clothes and this book describes the enterprise that went on and has long been forgotten. From the coasts and the countryside, this is how those at home faced and fought the war passively, particularly women whose job it was to ‘keep the home fires burning.’ These ordinary people were crucial to the war effort; without their courage and inventiveness, the outcome could have been very different.
~~~ Packed with interviews, photographs and other firsthand information, this book will appeal to all those who were there, but even more for those with little or no experience of World War Two, who will gain insights into the humor, strength and creativity that emerged in the face of hardship and tragedy. The book explores how people lived in Britain during times of fear, hardship and uncertainty; how they functioned and supported those away fighting – and how they dealt with the enormous challenges and adversities


click to enlarge Meeres, Frank. NORFOLK AT WAR: Wings of Friendship. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Amberley, 2013). 6x5, photographs, 160 pages.

~~~ During the Second World War, Norfolk was truly on the ‘front line’. Being so close to the Continent, air raids were frequent – Norwich in particular suffered badly – and invasion was a very real and persistent threat for the people of the county. The men and women of Norfolk took up positions in all branches of the forces to fight for their country. The civilians also did their bit – Norfolk’s agricultural output increased dramatically during the war, in response to the urgent need for home-grown provisions.
~~~ The American presence in the county was strong, and has left a rich archive of personal papers and photographs, which are now held at the Norfolk Record Office, along with many diaries and letters of Norfolk people. This book draws on this material and on the reminiscences of those in the county during the war. The book is beautifully illustrated with contemporary photographs, and these enhance the enthralling story being told: of what life was like during the Second World War.


Turner, E.S. THE PHONEY WAR ON THE HOME FRONT. NF/NF. Hardcover with dust jacket. (London: The Quality Book Club, 1961). An especially nice copy, uncommon in jacket. Illustrations, index, 311 pages.

~~~ One of the oddest periods in the social history of Britain was that of the Phoney War of 1939-40, when the nation did not know quite whether it was at war or peace. Here is a none-too-reverent account of how the British Home Front tried to adjust itself to the uncertainties of those days.
~~~ What should a woman do if the air-raid siren goes when her head is coupled to an electric hair-curler? Ought the police to fire through jewellers' windows at unextinguished light bulbs? Which is more patriotic-- to buy War Bonds or to drink as much whisky as possible?
~~~ Turner examines the difficulties posed by blackouts to private detectives and prostitutes; their effect upon morals, and on fashions; and the government's blundering seizure of spa hotels. The story is carried entertainingly all the way to the Blitz: the dark moment at which Britain realizes there is indeed 'a war on'.


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