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Re-living Britain in the 1940s (Hardback)

Colour Books Military P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic Books

By Robin Wichard
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 376
Illustrations: 80 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399018128
Published: 16th January 2023

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The 1940s remains an iconic period in world history and retains a fascination for so many. Re-enacting the 40s is becoming increasingly popular but there is little available information explaining how to start in the hobby. This book is the first to offer enthusiasts of the 40s a way to advance their interest whether it be military or civilian. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of re-enacting from civilian roles (including children) to military roles with many different potential impressions explored for each area. Each chapter is lavishly illustrated with many previously unseen colour photographs of contemporary re-enactors and events. There are further chapters introducing those people who portray wartime political and military leaders as well as those who bring back to life some of the most iconic musicians and performers of the period. For those choosing to enter the hobby through ownership of a civilian or military vehicle, that is also covered with many examples of some of the most well-known vehicles. Each chapter offers a brief contextual history with detailed notes on where to obtain uniform and equipment, some of the best groups to join as well as links to related sites and recommendations for wider reading. No book can cover every single possible role but this offers an excellent starting point for further research and involvement while stressing the need to always remain respectful of those we seek to commemorate.

Overall, this is a very useful guide for those interested in starting off in this hobby. As it is an “umbrella” treatment of the interest it helps those new to the hobby to identify a role that they would feel comfortable with. In addition, it will help many established reenactors. As I am a reenactor, I feel that the author’s work will be indispensable, and he needs to be congratulated on this volume. I hope that he produces some more texts on the subject from different angles.
What else can I say than “well done, Robin”.

Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research

About Robin Wichard

Robin Wichard has been passionate about history since childhood. A degree in Archaeology added a fascination for the objects which tell our history. Robin has been involved in living history for the past 35 years, participating in events in Britain and the United States as a member of Company F (Essex Sharpshooters), 55th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. His interest in World War II began while listening to stories told by his parents of their wartime experiences.

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