The Wartime Series
We've published a number of titles looking at places and people of East Anglia in the two world wars.
Lowestoft Fishermen's War: 1914-1918
While other fishermen around the British Isles had similar stories to tell about their wartime experiences this is the story of the Lowestoft men and boys who found themselves in the frontline of the economic war with Germany.
During the First World War Lowestoft fishermen were required to make statements under oath to a Board of Trade official in order to seek compensation for losses. These unpublished statements, which were also used by Naval Intelligence in their vital work to defeat the U-boat menace from Germany, lay unresearched in the National Archives. Not all have survived, but those that have form the main primary resource material for this book. In examining these statements, the author, Alan John Curtis, provides an insight into what one might argue has been an overlooked area of the region's maritime history.
Alan came across the records while researching his family history. The family's ties to the history of the fishing industry in the town are strong. His grandfather, George Francis, being the last of the family’s driftnet fishermen, had married Barbara Isbister a ‘fishergirl’ from Shetland. However, it was through discussions with his father and his collection of books, old photographs and newspaper cuttings that inspired the initial research and in the end the writing of this book.
Alan John Curtis ISBN 9781909796539 £10.95
Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley
Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley.
The young Horace Stanley had joined the Cambridgeshire Regiment before the First World War. By the time this territorial unit arrived on the battlefield, he was a sergeant in B company, 6 platoon.
He went to war with his military equipment but also with a sharp mind, a notebook and most remarkable of all, a camera amongst his kit. He fought with distinction at the second battle of Ypres and when invalided out, managed to find a way to re-enlist with the Army Ordnance Corps. This illustrated diary, with its introduction and background information, is another important contribution to the understanding of that extraordinary and deeply moving time. Support material for the book can be found on the 'Support and Resources' section of this web site.
Juliet and Heather Brodie ISBN 9780946148837 £11.95
Dear Hal, Yours Pud
When Lord Kitchener famously said, at the beginning of the First World War, "Yours Country Needs You", the young people of Britain responded with alacrity, little knowing what lay before them. Most were straightforward, determined, adventurous, dutiful, with worried and caring friends, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers.
The young Norfolk soldier, nicknamed Pudlo, featured in this book joined up with his comrades. Throughout his training, his journey to the Front and his time in the line and a long stay in hospital after being injured in the Battle of the Somme he maintains correspondence with home. He deals with the mundane and maintains a humanity not all could cope with. And after the conflict he said nothing to the next generation until his letters were found in a family suitcase ...... Click on Theo Stibbons for an introduction from the compiler and editor of the letters.
Theo Stibbons ISBN 9780946148844 £12.95
North Sea War 1914-1919
With commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War commanding much attention, maritime author Robert Malster felt it was was time to bring together the various aspects, often considerably under-reported, of the war in the North Sea. The battle of Jutland generally takes the attention of those investigating that war at sea; the day-to-day activities of the warships of the Harwich Force, the little-known struggle of fishermen in their sailing smacks and the unceasing operations of drifters, trawlers and paddle steamers converted to meet naval requirements as minesweepers and patrol vessels never made headlines. Yet they were reality for thousands of sailors, fishermen and other maritime workers. Click the shopping basket below to order a copy online - or call at your favourite bookshop.
Robert Malster ISBN B9781909796157 £14.95
Overstrand in the Great War
The parish of Overstrand in north Norfolk is just one of the hundreds across the country which has taken the opportunity to look back and remember the young - and sometimes not so young - of the village who went off to war just over 100 years ago. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Overstrand Parish Council, the full colour and 208 pages of this title have been brought together by author Tim Bennett, a former Head Teacher of the Belfry school in the village. From the remarkable sermon preached by Overstrand resident and Eton Head Teacher Rev Dr Edward Lyttleton, wrestling with the morality of going to war, through to the changed lives of those who returned from the war, it is an intriguing and moving read.
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Tim Bennett ISBN 9781909796287 £9.95
Beneath the Clouds - A Social History of the US Army Air Forces in the UK 1942-1945
Beneath the Clouds
tells how wartime life in Britain affected the fighting men and the ground personnel of the American air force. Many fliers and ground crew did not know where they were going until their sealed orders were opened; it was a culture shock to arrive at the airfields of East Anglia in a country which had already been at war for three years.
Beneath the Clouds is a social history of the US Army Air Forces in the UK 1942-45, a story of life in a different country, the morale of the men, their lives, loves and losses as they took up the bombing campaign against Hitler's European stronghold. Whether you're a veteran who served or have a specific interst in social history, it will be fascinating reading. And of course for all those descended from those veterans, it will be an insight into their fathers' and grandfathers' lives. Published on 18th March 2012, you can click Beneath the Clouds to order your copy online and on Jackie Stuart's introduction to hear the author talk about this title.
Jackie Stuart ISBN B9780946148943 £12.95
East Anglia against the Tricolor 1789-1815
As the 18th century came to its close, Europe watched events in France with amazement and with fear. But many, including a good number of prominent East Anglians, welcomed the overthrow of the French regime, cheered the fall of the infamous Bastille and considered it time for a British republic. Three years later, the French Revolution had provoked a European war, with Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex becoming part of the front line. With one brief pause, it was a war that would last for 23 years. Author Julian Foynes brings together the story of the east of England for the years 1789 to 1815. Voices from parliament, sermons from the pulpit, orders for the army and navy, stirring tales, maps and illustrations are amongst the many sources on which he has called for his comprehensive account of part of East Anglia's history. Click the basket below to order online; for a video introduction, click to hear more about the book
Julian Foynes ISBN 9781909796270 £19.95
Norwich at War
Norwich at War
is a new edition of this title, covering the war years in the city of Norwich. Sixty years on from the Baedeker raids of 1942, this Third Edition includes extra photos and colour illustrations. Joan Banger's unique collection of information and photographs remind us of those dramatic days.
The partner title, Norwich at Peace, is in the miscellaneous section.
Joan Banger ISBN 0946148619 £4.95