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Watford at War 1939–45 (ePub)

Local History WWII London Social History Towns & Cities in World War Two Military England

By Dr Eugenia Russell, Dr Quentin Russell
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
File Size: 11.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 156
Illustrations: 25
ISBN: 9781473891722
eBook Released: 17th April 2019

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On the eve of the Second World War, Watford was a growing centre for light industry with close connections to London. These two facts would play an important role in how the ensuing conflict impacted on the lives of the people of the town and its neighbours in South-west Hertfordshire. This book puts into context local experiences by exploring how the dangers and sacrifices of war became everyday reality, and how the people responded through their involvement in the war effort as servicemen and women and as civilians.

The Second World War was total war. Every aspect of everyday life was a contribution to the war effort and every individual, from small children, to women and the elderly, joined those in active military service in propelling the nation to victory. The thorough exploration in this book of both civilian and military life in the area surrounding Watford brings the reader closer to the experiences of the local population during this time of unprecedented challenges. It is a reflection of the uniqueness of this war in being pervasive on everything individuals and communities engaged with.

Local regiments, the Home Guard, women volunteers, the involvement of schools and hospitals, evacuees, conscientious objectors, spies and prisoners of war, all come alive in these pages and tell the story of a town determined to make the most of life and contribute to the common good during the war years. Illustrated with archival and modern photographs, Watford at War 1939-45 is a fascinating read for everyone interested in the social history of the area, as well as readers looking specifically for material on the history of the Second World War at home.

Article: 'Husband and wife write book on Watford at War' as featured by

My Bushey News, June 2019

Author interview with presenter Nick Coffer

BBC Three Counties, 28th May 2019

Article: 'Husband and wife team from Bushey write history book about Watford during World War II' as featured by

Watford Observer/St Albans & Harpenden Review/Harrow Times/Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times (online), 20th May 2019 – words by Kelly Pells

About Dr Eugenia Russell

Dr Eugenia Russell is an author and historian. She has strong research interests in Greek history and has published extensively on the art and culture of Byzantium and early modern Greece. She is also a cellist and pianist.


About Dr Quentin Russell

Dr Quentin Russell is a historian, writer and producer. His TV documentary, An Exile in Paradise: The Adventures of Edward Lear in Greece and Albania, won the New York Festival’s Arts Silver Medal in 2009 and was broadcast internationally. He holds a PhD in 19th Century Anglo-Greek relations and his essays have appeared in various prestigious publications such as British Art Journal.

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