Dear Old Blighty : Britain'S First World War Home Front Paperback / softback
In the summer of 1914, Britain felt secure that the old order was firmly in place.
Britain, through its navy, ruled the waves, and a fair part of the world through its Empire.
Yet this security was an illusion; a war of unimaginable scale was just days away.
The war would affect every level of British society; first through the urgent need for a massive expansion of the armed forces, drawing in ever-more men from civilian life.
This in turn denuded the factories, shops and farms of labour, at a time when industry needed to expand to clothe and supply the armed services, and agriculture needed to fill the shortages of food created by the U-boat assault on our merchant fleet. The armed forces had first call on men, food, and material, so shortages hit the civilian population hardest; replacement labour was found in women, who began to take on work previously the reserve of men; in the factories, transport, commerce, and agriculture.
Food remained a problem; shortages led to food queues, leading to increasing Government control and eventually rationing.
Civilians were also hit by shortages of petrol and clothing, leading to petrol rationing, gas-cars, and `standard' cloth. There were also more immediate dangers; raids by German ships on coastal towns, and air raids throughout the country by Zeppelins, and later, aeroplanes. In `Dear Old Blighty', Mike Brown looks in depth at the experience of the civilians, men, women and children, of Britain throughout those four momentous years.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages, illustrated throughout
- Publisher: Sabrestorm Publishing
- Publication Date: 27/04/2018
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781781220108