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Christmas at War - True Stories of How Britain Came Together on the Home Front: True Stories of How Britain Came Together on the Home Front (Paperback)
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Christmas at War - True Stories of How Britain Came Together on the Home Front: True Stories of How Britain Came Together on the Home Front (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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No turkey. No fruit to make a decent pudding. No money for presents. Your children away from home to keep them safe from bombing; your husband, father and brothers off fighting goodness knows where. How in the world does one celebrate Christmas? That was the situation facing the people of Britain for six long years during the Second World War. For some of them, Christmas was an ordinary day: they couldn't afford merrymaking - and had little to be merry about. Others, particularly those with children, did what little they could. These first-hand reminiscences tell of making crackers with no crack in them and shouting 'Bang!' when they were pulled; of carol-singing in the blackout, torches carefully covered so that no passing bombers could see the light, and of the excitement of receiving a comic, a few nuts and an apple in your Christmas stocking. They recount the resourcefulness that went into makeshift dinners and hand-made presents, and the generosity of spirit that made having a happy Christmas possible in appalling conditions. From the family whose dog ate the entire Christmas roast, leaving them to enjoy 'Spam with all the trimmings', to the exhibition of hand-made toys for children in a Singapore prison camp, the stories are by turns tragic, poignant and funny. Between them, they paint an intriguing picture of a world that was in many ways kinder, less self-centred, more stoical than ours. Even if - or perhaps because - there was a war on.

Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781786068149
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 17 mm

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“Contrasting fortunes”

This is a well-curated collection of wartime Christmas memories with plenty of helpful commentary by the author. I was struck by the sometimes stark contrasts between the experiences of the poor and the better-off,... More

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“Inspiring and informative resource focused on the six Christmases during WWII.”

Having read a number of the ‘I Used To Know That’ books by Caroline Taggart, I am a keen admirer of her gift for pulling together a wide range of material on a topic and presenting it in an accessible and very... More

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“Amazing”

This book whisked me off to another time and place, one that I know of only from history lessons or television programmes. To hear about what things were like for the people who experienced life during wartime... More

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