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Cardiff and the Valleys in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918

By Gary Dobbs
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781783463558
Published: 16th April 2015

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Looks at the Cardiff Pals and other local regiments who fought in the Great War and how the experience of war impacted on the area, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Cardiff were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years. An important place for Coal export this book looks at how the balance between working and fighting was achieved by the Dockyard workers

The Great War affected everyone. At home there were wounded soldiers in military hospitals, refugees from Belgium and later on German prisoners of war. There were food and fuel shortages and disruption to schooling. The role of women changed dramatically and they undertook a variety of work undreamed of in peacetime. Meanwhile, men serving in the armed forces were scattered far and wide. Extracts from contemporary letters reveal their heroism and give insights into what it was like under battle conditions.

A well written book, making good use of anecdotal material, there is plenty of interesting information here, most of it from original sources.

Morgannwg Journal April 2016

Part of the excellent 'Your Towns & Cities in the Great War' series, this volume tells the story not only of the men who went off to war to fight for their country, but of those left at home to do their bit. The books pays particular attention to the Cardiff Pals and other local regiments and how the Great War impacted on the area and its people, from their initial enthusiasm for war to the gradual realisation of the enormity of the human sacrifice they endured to win it.

The Great War Magazine

'... fascinating book'

South Wales Echo
 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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