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The Home Front in the Great War (ePub)

Aspects of the Conflicts, 1914 – 1918

Military P&S History > Social History WWI > Home Front

By David Bilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 66.2 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781783460205
Published: 4th March 2014


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The Great War was the first in our history to have a deep impact on every aspect of civilian life. In an overdue attempt to portray the real effect of the War on life at home, David Bilton examines all the major events of the period and charts their effect on everyday life for those trying to live a normal existence. Examples are the air raids by Zeppelins and aircraft, rationing and shortages, recruitment, changes in employment habits, censorship. Extensive use is made of personal accounts and the author draws on many photographs, newspaper and magazine material and ephemera to make this very informative and atmospheric book.

As featured on the Get Reading website: http://www.getreading.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/earley-author-releases-book-first-7178474

Informative and atmospheric.

Wartime Memories Project

The Home Front in the Great War covers the British home front and the Hull area in detail.
This book uses a good variety of images and are entertaining to read.

World War I Illustrated Winter 2016

The term ‘forgotten’ is being bandied about a lot during the present centenary period, often without much justification, but I do think that the home front during the war has at best been greatly overlooked, and is generally an aspect of war that most people would connect with the Second World War rather than the First.

David Bilton’s book seeks to redress that balance. The first part of the book provides a chronological account of the war – but from the home front perspective. This covers aspects such as recruitment, laws, the economy, women workers, military tribunals, and rationing.

Section two provides a timeline of the home front (maybe better suited either at the start or as an appendix), whilst the final section delves more deeply into certain aspects of life at home during the war...

...The sheer volume and variety of illustrations must be especially commended, superbly complementing the text with nearly every page accompanied by relevant pictures.

WW1 Geek

As seen in The Star (Sheffield)

The Star (Sheffield)

An excellent work.

The Great War Magazine

This title is worth buying for the photographs and illustrations alone. The Great War had a deep impact on all aspects of civilian life and David Bilton has examined all the major events of the period, charting their effect on everyday life. The personal accounts, imagery and newspaper material make this a fascinating read.

Round & About Magazines

The book makes extensive use of personal accounts and photographs, as well as newspaper and magazine articles, all of which help to make an informative and atmospheric title.

Get Reading

This book very ably sets out the Edwardian society that went to war as a complete nation, loyally supported by the peoples across the Empire, and the major changes to that society produced by total war.


Recommended as an introduction to life at home between 1914 and 1918 - and profusely illustrated.

Paul Nixon - worldwar1veterans.blogspot.com
 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; an interest ignited by his paternal grandfather’s refusal to talk about his experiences at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He is a prolific author whose books includes works on the British and German Army, the Home Front and Great War badges; this is volume three of the badges of the British Army in the Great War. Since he started writing he has contributed to television and radio programmes, appeared on Country File and Look North, and given talks on his work.

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