Osprey's study of the British home front during World War II (1939-1945). The population of Britain was mobilized to support the war effort on a scale unseen in any other Western democracy - or in Nazi Germany. They endured long working shifts, shortages of food and all other goods, and complete government control of their daily lives. Most men and women were conscripted or volunteered for additional tasks outside their formal working hours. Under the air raids that destroyed the centres of many towns and made about 2 million homeless, more than 60,000 civilians were killed and 86,000 seriously injured. This fascinating illustrated summary of wartime life, and the organizations that served on the Home front, is a striking record of endurance and sacrifice.
About the Author
Martin J Brayley is a professional photographer and author, specializing in works on uniforms and militaria. He served in the armed forces for 24 years, and has a keen interest in all aspects of military history, particularly the uniforms and equipment of the 20th century. He is also a dedicated military researcher and collector and a regular contributor to the French magazine Militaria. He had had many books published by Crowood including The World War II Tommy - British Army Uniforms, Europe 1939-45 and Khaki Drill and Jungle Green - British Tropical Uniforms 1939-45.
Malcolm McGregor has been editor for the Scottish Rock Garden Club since 2000, and for many years he was editor of "Saxifrage Magazine", the specialist publication of the Saxifrage Society. His publications on saxifages includes "Saxifrages: The Complete Cultivars and Hybrids", which is the International register on saxifrage Cultivars, and Saxifrages from Scratch. Malcolm lectures regularly on alpine plants and rock gardening, and has traveled widely throughout the world.
"I totally enjoyed reading this book, in fact I enjoyed it so much, I read it twice. If you think this is another one about “Dad’s Army” the Home Guard, you are way off base. Well written about the many unsung, and often unheard of services in Britain during World War Two." -Dave O'Meara, Armorama (September 2005)