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Cardiff and the Valleys at War 1939–45 (Kindle)

Local History WWII The Blitz Towns & Cities in World War Two Military Wales

By Gary Dobbs
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
File Size: 28.6 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 114
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781473864627
eBook Released: 20th December 2018


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When Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, Cardiff and its surroundings, like every other city, town, hamlet and village in the country, sent forth large numbers of young men to fight against the oppression of Hitler and the Nazis. This is a story not only of the war itself, but of the way war affected those far away from the battlefields, and of how a nation stood together in the face of a seemingly unstoppable force.

The book pays particular attention to the way Welsh society changed during the war years, far reaching changes that are still felt in the country today. The book details the enormity of the human sacrifice paid by the people of Cardiff and its surrounding areas, but also contains many examples of the way ordinary people stood proud, defiant in their determination to bring about the downfall of the Nazis. Lavishly illustrated with over fifty original and modern-day photographs, this book is essential reading for anyone interest in military and social history.

I love that this book has a focus on local history, rather than a generalised national history, as I find local histories so much more relatable as I can recognise the names of places and maybe even people! Whilst I'm not from the Valleys myself, I do live quite nearby to Cardiff so it's great to learn more about the history of South Wales. This book is part of a series published by Pen and Sword called 'Your Towns and Cities in World War Two', so there might even be a book focused on your local area too!

This book is great for those with a general interest in the history of South Wales and WW2, but also for those studying the subject. For example, chapter 1 covers the impact of the Blitz on South Wales and includes some personal stories about families who were affected; but also includes a timeline of notable Luftwaffe attacks on South Wales which would make a great revision aid for students and is an easy way to find factual information.

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Will be of interest to anybody that resides or did reside in the Cardiff and surrounding areas. It is a fascinating offering of how life was like during the Second World War.

Cardiff Times, May 2019

Article: 'New book details life in the city and valleys during wartime' as featured by

South Wales Echo, 22nd February 2019 – words by Brian Lee
 Gary Dobbs

About Gary Dobbs

Welsh author Gary Dobbs is best known as a fiction writer. Using the pen name Jack Martin, he is responsible for a string of best-selling westerns as well as the popular crime series, Granny Smith. The latter published under his own name.

Cardiff and the Valleys in the Great War is his first major non-fiction work and he felt both humbled and proud to tackle the project. Hours of research were involved in compiling the stories presented within these pages, and alongside the grim statistics the author feels that there is a very human story that he was deeply privileged to tell.

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