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All Quiet on the Home Front (Paperback)

WWI British History Home Front in WWI Women of History

By Steve Humphries, Richard Van Emden
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 334
ISBN: 9781473891944
Published: 8th May 2017

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The truth about the sacrifice and suffering on the home front during World War I is rarely discussed. In this book, some of the oldest men and women in the country speak about experiences and events that have remained buried for 85 years. Their testimony shows the same candour and courage we have become accustomed to hearing from veterans of the western front. Those interviewed include a survivor of a Zeppelin raid on Hull in 1915, a Welsh munitions worker recruited as a girl, and a woman rescued from a bombed school after five days. There are also accounts of rural famine, bereavement and the effects on families back home, and even the story of a woman who planned to kill her family to save them further suffering.

This book covers every aspect of social history and the effects military decisions had on citizens back home. The line "At 11am on the 11th of November 1918 the country went wild with joy" in the final chapter sums up the spirit of all the contributors.

WDYTYA? Magazine, September 2017 - reader review, Shirley Moth

By bringing in such wide aspects of the home front, this book provides a crucial reflection of the wider impact of war to people at home and , in turn gives us a scurf all social canvas Britain at the time.

The text is also complimented by a fascinating photo section, including people cheering upon Britain's entry to war, bombed Whitby, workers in munition works, the impact of rationing, as well as key people which the book provided focus on. One particularly striking photograph is that of a farm boy with horses and plough, standing in silence in Remembrance during the two minutes silence.

A poignant section on the 'Bittersweet Victory' reminds the reader that commemoration of the War was egalitarian. At every level, from the former Prime Minister's son downwards, 'men had been killed'.

If you are looking for one book for your bookshelf which will give you a wide overview of the experience Britain had during this time, brining in contemporary research, this is an excellent purchase.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

The home front in WW2 is immortalised forever in Dads' Army - nothing similar for WW1, and yet the people left behind faced even bigger challenges, especially when so many men failed to return home after the hostilities. Noted WW1 historian sets the records straight in this fascinating account of what went on back home.

Read the complete review here.

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History Revealed, July 2017
 Richard Van Emden

About Richard Van Emden

Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written widely on the 1914-18 conflict.

Previous books include Britain's Last Tommies, Boy Soldiers of the Great War, All Quiet on the Home Front, Prisoners of the Kaiser and the top five best-selling The Trench. He has visited the Somme and Ypres every year since 1985 and has an expert knowledge of the First World War battlefields.

He currently lives in London.

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