Having lived in Devon for most of my life this title appealed to me. Over the years I have heard of many events duringWorldWar 2 that took place in the county. This book gives a summary of these events and it is a very interesting read. It captures the spirit of how Devon contributed to the war effort and it documents how the war affected people’s lives. It has many news stories – some unusual and others just “ordinary” to the wartime. One notable section is on how Plymouth city centre was destroyed and how it was re-built after the war. The book is divided into several chronological sections. Although the chapter headings may be “1944 D-Day” the contents of the chapter really relate to events in general taking place in Devon around that time rather than just the specific preparations for DDay. The author has drawn on numerous sources and has done extensive research. He has often used newspapers and has obtained many details of Court cases. The breadth of topics he covers is.. Read more
Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research
Unlike all of the otherbooks in this most excellent series, this one by Frances Clamp concengtrates on an entire county. Although Essex wasn't any more in the front line than, say, Hampshire, Sussex, Suffolk or norfolk, they did nevertheless come in for something of a bashing, and Frances recounts several accounts of how Essex was, perhaps considered unique in the matter of the Germans' attempt to reduce the British Isles to rubble. Hugely enjoyable latest title in the series.
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