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Northamptonshire at War 1939–45 (Paperback)

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Italian Front World History > UK & Ireland > Towns & Cities in World War Two

By Kevin Turton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
Pages: 126
ISBN: 9781473876675
Published: 30th October 2017



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When the Second World War was declared in September 1939, Northamptonshire was better prepared for the years that followed than it had been twenty-five years earlier. Lessons had been learned from the First World War, and people were far more aware of the impact modern warfare could have on their lives. Through film, press and radio, they were able to monitor the events in Europe in a way unprecedented by any previous generation, which led to a greater understanding of world politics and a realisation that the rise to power of Adolf Hitler would have predictable repercussions. So, when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain addressed the nation after Germanys armies had invaded Poland, war, for many, had already become inevitable.

But what exactly did this mean to the people of Northamptonshire, and how did they react to the threat of invasion? What were the consequences of the conflict on the Home Front? How did Northamptonshire's towns and villages function through six years of grinding warfare? These questions, and many others, are examined and answered in the pages of this book.

This is the story of those who were there; the people who never accepted the possibility of defeat, who coped with rationing, blackouts, conscription and aerial bombardment, and then welcomed Londons evacuees and greeted the American Airforce with open-armed hospitality.

Using military events as a background, this book relates Northamptonshires story, from the parts played in the war effort by the shoe industry, the Northamptonshire Regiment, the Home Guard, the ARP and to, of course, the people.

Another delightful, informative, well illustrated addition to a very popular series. This book paints a detailed vivid picture of life in and around Northampton during WWII. – Very Highly Recommended.

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Now I have to say here and now that this series of books, the 'Your Towns and Cities' series is fantastic. It really is a series that will sometimes go into World War Two, but it's about the local news and what happened locally that makes the books brilliant. We all know what happened during the war, but we don't always hear what happened locally. Some of the little nuggets of information have been brilliant, they are books you know you can read and know that you will learn something you didn't already know.

Plus they are all written by different authors, so you have a slightly different take on things but the information is excellent.

UK Historian

Kevin's second book about Northamptonshire looks at what happened to the city and the county during the second world war, with a comparative look at how the people of the county were better prepared for conflict second time around.

Books Monthly

It is 5 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended – I thought that it was a great read and a great insight into what it would have been like in Northamptonshire during the period of World War II.

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About Kevin Turton

Born in Yorkshire and now living in Northamptonshire, Kevin Turton has been involved in studying and writing about true crime for more than twenty years and is the author of several books on the subject. He has also written various articles regarding specific unsolved murders, as well as several books on local history. He is an avid fan of all things historical, be they fact or fiction.

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