Air Raid Shelters of the Second World War

Family Stories of Survival in the Blitz

Stephen Wade

 
Date Published :
July 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
120 - 150 b/w illustrations integrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848843271
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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This book features the design, creation and use of air raid shelters, including interviews with people who used them during the Second World War. The different types of bunkers/air raid shelters (both public and in people’s gardens) are covered and the strength and weakness of their designs discussed, using original designs and primary material. The nostalgia/social history of the book covers people’s experiences of staying in the air raid shelters. These are divided into topics, including getting to the shelters (how they reacted to the sirens or whether they just moved into the shelters, especially those in gardens, long-term), facilities, health issues, morale and safety, both real and perceived.

In recent years, air raid shelters have been converted into different uses, including homes, and the book will finish with a brief chapter concerning the future and preservation of these once vital buildings.

About The Author
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Stephen Wade is a biographer and social historian, usually associated with crime and law, but here he turns his attention to a place he has known for forty years, as he has lived and worked in Scunthorpe all that time. His most recent books have been "Going to Extremes", "The Justice Women" and three volumes in the "Your Town in the Great War" series (all Pen & Sword), and :No More Soldiering" (Amberley).

REVIEWS
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“...reminds us of the families that slept in them every night and even owed their lives to them….”

- Best of British Magazine

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