Hull in the Great War (ePub)
The outbreak of war in 1914 aroused an enthusiasm in Hull and within the first six months 20,000 local men had enrolled. Hull was also attacked by Zeppelins and it raised its own Pals Battalions. This book looks at how the experience of war impacted on the City, 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 Hull were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years.
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.
As featured in the Hull Daily Mail.
Part of the 'Your Towns and Cities in the Great War' series, this one featuring the city of Hull. The city played an important part in the war, from enrolling over 20,000 men into the services in the first six months to the effort on the home front at the port, in the factories, and on the land. The author has a number of books to his credit and had produced here another first-class local history which will appeal to both those from the area and readers further afield.The Great War Magazine - May 2016
Outstanding local history.