Our Land at War A Portrait of Rural Britain A rich account of the impact of the Second World War on the lives of people living in the farms and villages of Britain On the outbreak of war the countryside was invaded by service personnel and eva

  • Title: Our Land at War: A Portrait of Rural Britain 1939-45
  • Author: Duff Hart-Davis
  • ISBN: 9780007516537
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A rich account of the impact of the Second World War on the lives of people living in the farms and villages of Britain.On the outbreak of war, the countryside was invaded by service personnel and evacuee children by the thousand land was taken arbitrarily for airfields, training grounds and firing ranges, and whole communities were evicted Prisoner of war camps broughtA rich account of the impact of the Second World War on the lives of people living in the farms and villages of Britain.On the outbreak of war, the countryside was invaded by service personnel and evacuee children by the thousand land was taken arbitrarily for airfields, training grounds and firing ranges, and whole communities were evicted Prisoner of war camps brought captured enemy soldiers to close quarters, and as horses gave way to tractors and combines farmers were burdened with aggressive new restrictions on what they could and could not grow Land Girls and Lumber Jills worked in fields and forests Food or the lack of it was a major preoccupation and rationing strictly enforced And although rabbits were poached, apples scrumped and mushrooms gathered, there was still not enough to eat.Drawing from diaries, letters, books, official records and interviews, Duff Hart Davis revisits rural Britain to describe how ordinary people survived the war years He tells of houses turned over to military use such as Bletchley and RAF Medmenham as well as those that became schools, notably Chatsworth in Derbyshire.Combining both hardship and farce, the book examines the profound changes war brought to Britain s countryside from the Home Guard, struggling with the provision of ludicrous equipment, to the role of the XII Corps Observation Unit whose task was to enlarge rabbit warrens and badger setts into bunkers for harassing the enemy in the event of a German invasion to the unexpected tenderness shown by many to German and Italian prisoners of war at work on the land Fascinating, sad and at times hilarious, this warm hearted book tells great stories and casts new light on Britain during the war.

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    1. 4.5Thoroughly enjoyed this book which describes life in rural England during World War 2. Each chapter covers a different aspect, for instance sport or how paintings were stored to prevent damage or how some of the great houses were utilised. I thought I knew a fair amount about this period but I learnt something new on every page.The writing is clear with just the right amount of quotes from original sources. It really does put you in the mind of the people who lived through this period with a [...]

    2. This is proving to be an invaluable resource for those tiny details on every day living in rural England in those years. I would have appreciated some issues to have been tackled with a little more depth - hence 4* rather than 5 but read over all it gives an excellent base from which to explore the various subjects at greater length.

    3. The Second World War irrevocably changed life in Britain in a multitude of ways, but none more so perhaps than the way it changed the very face of the countryside. Urban renewal is an inevitability across the centuries - buildings are torn down, re-built, refurbished, extended, torn down again - but the face of the British countryside had never been so drastically altered since the days of Enclosure. Parkland was put to plough, grassland dug up and devoted to new crops, vast swathes of forest cu [...]

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