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Kent at War 1939–45 (Paperback)

Military P&S History > Social History WWII World History > UK & Ireland > Towns & Cities in World War Two

By Tanya Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
Pages: 276
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781473887404
Published: 21st January 2019



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Kent at War 1939 - 45 is a comprehensive account of the part that the county played in the Second World War, covering in great detail a combination of life on the home front from a civilian perspective balanced against that of a military one.

The book's narrative looks at the part played by the Dover Patrol in keeping Allied shipping safe in the English Channel, not to mention the preparation and the aftermath of the Dunkirk evacuations in May 1940, with all of the vessels leaving from and returning to Kent ports and harbours. Other topics covered include the part played by the numerous Kent airfields during the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940, and the Richborough camp, which was set up in 1939 at the old First World War Kitchener barracks. Here Jewish men who had escaped from such countries as Germany and Austria, were put up as refugees, and the book includes never before published letters written to one of the camps residents during his stay there.

The author also discusses the county's military hospitals, Belgium refugees, as well as the restricted military areas that adorned the Kent coast line, as the people of Kent battened down the hatches knowing full well that not only were they on the front line of attack, but the very first line of defence in the case of a German invasion.

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The Royal Hampshire Comrades Association

I found this a very interesting book to read. Just as an example, West Malling airfield these days is a large housing estate, the airfield is long gone. However, when I was young, I remember passing the gates regularly, while it was still RAF West Malling. If you have an interest in history, then 'Hellfire Corner' had quite a story to tell, and if you live in the county now, a lot to learn perhaps about the area you live in. Recommended.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

I felt the text did a very good job detailing what life was like in the period and Kent’s great series of contributions to the English war effort in a style which was a great paced read and kept one fully engaged. I would highly recommend this book and feel it may be setting a new standard for the series as well. A good companion text in this series is Stone’s Soviet Union at War.

Richard Wade, Military Historian

Whatever your knowledge of what happened in Kent in the period 1939 to 1945 I am sure that you will learn something new. I certainly enjoyed the read and to learning a little more about operation Pluto.

Duncan Harrington

About Tanya Wynn

Stephen and Tanya Wynn are a husband and wife team. They have been married for twelve years and outside of writing enjoy the simplicities of life. They spend most mornings walking their four German Shepherd dogs at a time when most normal people are still sound asleep.
Animals in the Great War is the third book Stephen and Tanya Wynn have written together, having previously collaborated on Women in the Great War and A History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea 1682-2017. Stephen has written numerous titles in the military history genre over the years. His first book, Two Sons in a Warzone, was published in 2010. It is the true story of his sons first tours in Afghanistan. One of them was injured and the other was shot and wounded.

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