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Halifax in the Great War (Paperback)

WWI Yorkshire and Humberside Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914

By David Millichope
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781783831210
Published: 11th November 2015

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Halifax was surprised by the outbreak of war in August 1914 but within days the public mood had turned into a staggering display of unified support.

Voluntary fund raising organisations sprang up and bore witness to an incredible self-help ethic that supported the troops at the front, their dependant families at home and the returning wounded.

People came to fear the Zeppelins, were forced to retrieve their children from German naval guns in Scarborough and read with horror the stories of local lads gassed at the front. Residents of German descent found themselves in difficult situations, and Belgian refugees were offered sanctuary.

Struggling local industry was revitalised by government orders for Khaki cloth, machine tools and munitions. Halifax can claim to have contributed many interesting technological items such as bomb release mechanisms, flame projectors and Tommy's iconic bowl shaped steel helmet. Women were increasingly employed in traditional male occupations.

In 1917 the food crisis fermented tensions, but at the end of 1918 there was triumph – of a sort.

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 David Millichope

About David Millichope

David Millichope was a school teacher and later photographer. In 2010 he successfully completed the MA course at the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is founder member and chair of the Halifax Great War Heritage Society whose members have provided research and support for the publication. The Society was set up to mark the Centenary of the Great War in Halifax.

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