The Wartime Series
The Baker Brothers: Diaries from the Eastern Front 1914-1919 - Oliver Locker-Lampson and the Cromer Men of the Russian Armoured Car Division
With the support of his friend, First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, a man not adverse himself to the adventures of war, he used his personal funds and his business connections to equip a Squadron of armoured cars. The Western Front proved an inappropriate place for them to operate and thus the men and cars were shipped to the Russian front, initially to support the armies of the Czar, before finding themselves wondering who their allies were. At that point they were withdrawn before being sent off to a further adventure in Mesopotamia, where the control of oil fields was the critical issue. Recruited as sailors rather than soldiers, the men were pleased to volunteer to be appointed Petty Officers at a rate of pay considerably better than those conscripted as privates in the Army.
Amongst these recruits were the three Baker brothers. Together with friends from the town they found themselves stuck in the frozen north for many months, then transferred to the heat of Turkey, Romania and Galicia. Their respective diaries and letters are woven together to tell a story with little dramatic fighting, and their distance from formal army regulations enabled cameras to be used freely. In fact keen photographer William Baker was charged by Commander Locker-Lampson to keep a record in pictures and his album provides the core of the picture record which accompanies the diaries and letters.
Norwich at War
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Sedgeford Aerodrome and the aerial conflict over North West Norfolk during the First World War
The word Zeppelin struck terror into the heart of much of the population of Britain as they realised that, unlike in years past, warfare might arrive in their city or town rather than be confined to some distant battlefield. The story of the Zeppelin raids on Britain has often been told elsewhere but in this publication the author takes the account further by putting the raids into the context of the subsequent development of air power in the east of England, with a particular focus on Sedgeford.
The accounts of the young men who flocked to try their hand at aerial adventure, their training at Sedgeford and the frequent loss of life before reaching a battlefield, are poignant. The skill and daring of Cadbury and Leckie - and their gratitude to have a Night Landing Ground - are the stuff of interwar story telling. The perceptive accounts of death by fire written by Cadbury - a man from a Quaker family - sit alongside the responses of the populations of King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth as they reacted to injury and death delivered from the skies. The almost hysterical reactions of those who saw spies everywhere are also part of the story.
A particularly valuable aspect of the book is the part of the wireless scientists in the conflict, bringing their knowledge and perception to the efforts to defeat menace at sea and in the air. In a hut perched on the cliff-top at Hunstanton, the technicians scanned the wave bands to alert the fleet or the aircraft to give them the opportunity to gain an advantage of position and time. And in Room 40 at Whitehall, the birth of G.C.H.Q was under way ...
Lowestoft Fishermen's War: 1914-1918
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.
Beneath the Clouds - A Social History of the US Army Air Forces in the UK 1942-1945
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.
North Sea War 1914-1919
Overstrand in the Great War
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Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley
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.
Dear Hal, Yours Pud
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.