Brighton at War 1939–45

Douglas d’Enno

Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
Illustration :
50 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473885936
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Long before war was declared on 3 September 1939, Brighton had steadily and carefully prepared for the coming conflict by building shelters, organising defence and rescue services, and providing the population with advice of its own or from government sources. These precautions stood the town in good stead when the first bombs fell on it in mid-1940 and during the many subsequent attacks.

The resort did not, admittedly, suffer as grievously as some others on the South Coast, yet civilian casualties totalled nearly 1,000, of whom over 200 were killed, 357 were seriously injured and 433 slightly injured.

This is not the first book to reveal the toll of the bombs locally, but it is the first to describe, in parallel, day-to-day events and societal responses during the nearly six years of conflict. As elsewhere, restrictions often made life arduous for residents. Yet despite the hardship, the town’s citizens even marshalled sufficient resources to ‘adopt’ two battleships and generously saved towards assisting with other wartime causes, such as help to our ally, Russia.

The hospitality trade and resort-related services suffered greatly during the periods when the defence ban on entering the town was enforced. In many respects, however, life went on largely as before, particularly in the spheres of entertainment, leisure and some sports.

Douglas d’Enno, an authority on the history of Brighton and environs, shows in meticulous detail, in absorbing text and numerous pictures, how life in wartime Brighton was a struggle for many, but never dull.

About The Author

Douglas d’Enno is a historian, linguist and journalist who has made an exhaustive study of the impact of the First World War on Britain’s fishermen and their vessels. After a career associated with publishing and – primarily - as a professional translator, he has devoted himself to writing and research. During his 20 years’ employment at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now DEFRA), he had access to substantial material on the nation’s fisheries and to contacts within the industry.

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