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Frome at War 1939–45 (Paperback)

Local History WWII P&S History Social History Towns & Cities in World War Two Military England

By David Lassman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 25
ISBN: 9781526706003
Published: 30th January 2020

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Frome at War 1939-1945 is a comprehensive account of this Somerset market town’s experience of the conflict, covering in detail life on the Home Front set against the background of the wider theatres of war.

The narrative of that global struggle is given with a focus on the ordeals endured by the people of Frome, as they cheered their men and women fighters off to war, welcomed hundreds of evacuated men, women and children to the town, and contributed their part to the fight against Hitler and the Nazi threat.

Rare insights into the life of the town are included, along with seldom told stories from the footnotes of history; from Frome’s part within the secret underground resistance movement and the national fight for women’s equality, to the gradual influx of American GIs and Field-Marshall Montgomery's stay in the aftermath of Dunkirk.

The book incorporates memoirs and memories, along with in depth research from official records and newspaper accounts, which allow the reader to see the war not only from ordinary people’s perceptive, but the military experiences of Frome’s heroic men and women - and in many cases their tragic sacrifices – as well.

More controversial aspects are also touched on, including injustice, espionage, racism and politics, to give a full and fascinating picture of a town facing profound trials of endurance and courage, but at the same time revealing the characteristics that have sustained Frome throughout its illustrious and turbulent history.

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 David Lassman

About David Lassman

David Lassman is a local historian and author who has run courses for Frome Community Education on the town’s fascinating history and has written for newspapers and magazines on various aspects of its illustrious past. He is a member of the Frome Society for Local Study and a founding trustee of Frome Writers’ Collective. He lives in Frome with his wife and son.

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