A history of World War II in which Churchill Hitler Eisenhower Roosevelt and others scarcely get a look in is always worth a read So often histories of the war ither take an overview approach or a specifically military approach or they focus on a specific group a specific battle or theatre of war But this book is very much about the ordinary man and woman in the street and their wartime Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets experiences rather than high level politics and military manoeuvres Even the Blitz as anxtraordinary Electromyography for Experimentalists event gets very little time it is very much about the day to dayxperiences of wartime the minor and the mundaneLongmate who himself lived through the war as a teenager takes a thematic rather than chronological approach Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 each chapter focusing on a different aspect of life on the home front rationing the black out wartime weddingsvacuation schools garden air raid shelters pets holidays travel sports and ntertainment ven personal hygiene It really brings home just how total a war it really was there was almost no lement of life that continued unchanged and undisturbedLongmate collected a huge uantity of personal reminiscences for this book and very chapter very page is full of memories and anecdotes from his contributors These personal accounts really give life and immediacy
to the narrative and very often the banal uality of them makes it ven poignant the narrative and very often the banal uality of them makes it ven poignant most people didn t couldn t see the bigger picture and the day to day petty inconveniences
and deprivations were their most salient memories of the war And yet in many ways these are the deprivations were their most salient memories of the war And yet in many ways these are the interesting lements of the wartime story because they are most representative of real life And Real People One Can Find Many real people One can find many on the history of World War II from the perspective of ach country involved to the political undertones to the xperiences of officers and footsoldiers This book is uniue written in 1970 in a sweeping attempt to xplain how the war in England was won on the homefrontThis book was somewhat personal for me in that some of the artifacts in it were common items from my childhood we would go through large shoeboxes of pictures and phemera and at one point we found ration coupon books and played war shops Somehow as children of the 1970s the story had come down to us about our English relatives hardship in finding the most basic of foods and clothing as the war dragged on for six long years an migrant cousin or two brought her ration books with her just in case and they stayed in a cabinet for decades until we brought Although nearly 90% of the population of Great Britain remained civilians throughout the war or for a large part of it their story has so far largely gone untold In contrast with the thousands of books on military operations barely any have concerned themselves with. ,
characters How We Lived Then A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War,
Hem out Reading about how English ingenuity used garden hose and rope to replace failed bicycle tires any textiles at all to replace worn clothing and hundreds of other make do fforts made me appreciate the civilian sacrifice all the The United States is currently fighting on several fronts but civilians have been asked to give up nothing and we are not particularly aware of the realities of these wars The English fought hunger and deprivation at home to spare for their sons and husbands on the front lines with very little complaining and a chin up attitude I still find in my family todayAt over 700 pages Longmate covered nearly all possible aspects of home life kitchen cooking clothing shopping movies popular music the influx of other Allied troops books the media school the Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One evacuation of children from dense cities family relations and far Because it was written just a few decades after it happened he interviewed women and former children who had thesexperiences and thus includes firsthand accounts that are no longer possible so as a historical document this is rich with informationMuch Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) exists about this war but reading about how it permeatedvery aspect of civilian life allows a 21st century reader to truly understand how it was the cultural touchpoint of a generation It is well worth the time to read through it and reflect 25 stars MemoirW 225 U 25 T 225 3263 Exact 246A collective memoir of WWII from the point of view of English civilians Published
in 1971 it is an uncommon viewpoint upon the war Mediocrity and insipidity make its recommendation limited Fascinating first person accounts1971 it is an uncommon viewpoint upon the war Mediocrity and insipidity make its recommendation limited Fascinating first person accounts the social history of World War Two I ll be coming back to this one once the boys cycle round to this period in history Evocative and moving An island nation mostly abandoned by its allies fights off the fascist continental Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe empire with austerity hard work and cooperation Sure the militaryspecially the air force did its work But Longmate focuses on the lives of ordinary civilians often letting them tell their stories in their own words I Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time enjoyed the first hand accounts of rationing blacking out building shelters and joiningverything from the fire brigade to civil defense units and knitting circles This was the lived One Wild Weekend experience of my family so I will never tire of learning about it This is a great collection of first person accounts of life on the home front during WWII Covering rationing the creation of Anderson shelters weddings births and thevacuation of children from London The individual's Forgetful of Their Sex experience The problems of the ordinary family are barelyver mentioned food rationing clothes rationing the black out and air raids get little space and veryday shortages almost none at all This book is an attempt to redress the balance; to tell Nd much the book gives a really inter Exceptionally good read The book is oral history in content but not in form as Longmate brilliantly weaves hundreds of reminiscences into a compelling narrative No in form as Longmate brilliantly weaves hundreds of reminiscences into a compelling narrative No of English wartime life goes uncovered what they ate what they wore and how they made do The last chapters are of particular interest to me dealing with the films they watched the songs they sang the broadcasts they heard and the books they read The chapter on wartime reading has given me leads on many titles some of which may turn up on Goodreads by and by HOW WE LIVED then was first published in 1971 so it may assumed that most of the first hand observers have passed but as best I can tell Longmate is still among the uick This book is about the British home front day to day life during World War IIThis book ncompasses an incredible amount of information put together in an asily read interestingly organized manner In fact considering the uantity and variety of subjects covered and the large number of sources used I would have to say the organization is masterful Longmate s own memories statements and opinions sometimes jar but I found this a fascinating read Though I had read
at least twenty books about Britain during World War II before reading this one muchleast twenty books about Britain during World War II before reading this one much the specific hardships living situations amusements occupations so many things were new to me or were covered completely A random xample would be Walled (The Line, exactly how clothing coupons workedKeeper World War II was in many instances the definingvent for modern Britain It lasted 6 long years two
of which they were fighting Germany alone Norman Longmate gives us anwhich they were fighting Germany alone Norman Longmate gives us an look at what it was like to live in the UK during those years From rationing which lasted until 1954 to mandatory national service for anyone under the age of 60 to the nightly bombing during the Blitz and later attacks by V 1 and V 2 rockets to the friendly b This book written in 1971 is filled with amazing first person accounts of life in Britain during World War II It s obviously been used by other authors as a source of material as many stories in this book can be found in newer books Every aspect of life during the war years is covered using the memories and diaries of people who lived through them Now that the war generation is passing into history books such as this one written when these people were still alive to be interviewed become invaluable This book is a treasure trove I highly recommend it for those interested in this time period. He civilian's story largely through their own recollections and in their own words Mr Longmate has recruited an Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany enormous volunteer army of home front veterans who sent him their wartime recollectionsHe has brilliantly sifted and assembled the precious debris Guardian.