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Hull in the Great War (Paperback)

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

By David Bilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781473823143
Published: 16th December 2015

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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.

Outstanding local history.

The Great War Magazine - May 2016
 David Bilton

About David Bilton

David Bilton is a retired teacher who spends his time looking after his family, working as a University lecturer and researching the Great War. He is the prolific author of numerous books about the British Army, the Home Front and the German Army. His first book, The Hull Pals, became the BBC 2 series The Trench. Since he started writing he has contributed to many television and radio programmes. His interest in the Great War was ignited by his grandfather's refusal to talk about his experiences in Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

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