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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. 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

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How We Lived Then A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War

The individual's experience The problems of the ordinary family are barely ever mentioned food rationing clothes rationing the black out and air raids get little space and everyday shortages almost none at all This book is an attempt to redress the balance; to tell t. 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 aspect 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

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He civilian's story largely through their own recollections and in their own words Mr Longmate has recruited an enormous volunteer army of home front veterans who sent him their wartime recollectionsHe has brilliantly sifted and assembled the precious debris Guardian. Fascinating first person accounts on 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


10 thoughts on “How We Lived Then A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War

  1. says:

    This book written in 1971 is filled with amazing first person accounts of life in Britain during World War II It's obviously

  2. says:

    World War II was in many instances the defining event for modern Britain It lasted 6 long years two of which they were fighting Germany alone N

  3. says:

    This book is about the British home front day to day life during World War IIThis book encompasses an incredible amount of information put together in an easily read interestingly organized manner In fact considering the uantity an

  4. says:

    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 aspect 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

  5. says:

    This is a great collection of first person accounts of life on the home front during WWII Covering rationing the creation of Anderson shelters w

  6. says:

    An island nation mostly abandoned by its allies fights off the fascist continental empire with austerity hard work and cooperation Sure the military especially 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 enjoyed the first hand accounts of rationing blacking out building shelters and joining everything from the f

  7. says:

    Fascinating first person accounts on the social history of World War Two I'll be coming back to this one once the boys cycle round t

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    One can find many books on the history of World War II from the perspective of each country involved to the poli

  10. says:

    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 either take an overview approach or a specifically mil