Barnsley at War 1939–45

Mark Green

The ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month' of 1918 was supposed to be the conclusion of the ‘war to end all wars'.
Date Published :
May 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Your Towns & Cities in World War Two
Illustration :
25 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526721877
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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The ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918 was supposed to be the conclusion of the ‘war to end all wars’.

Just twenty-one years after the armistice was signed, Barnsley, its borough and the world braced itself for a global conflict that history would eventually testify to be deadlier than the war that destroyed a generation of Barnsley men and boys.

After the Great War, the famous market town stumbled into a new era that promised social change, including universal suffrage, economic and political stability and establishments of new international organizations such as the League of Nations to steer the masses. In reality, the town suffered in poverty, endured pit disasters, countless industrial deaths all the while still lamenting its lost generation, mercilessly butchered on The Somme.

The book's narrative explains in detail Barnsley’s transition from its interwar years, to the euphoria of victory in 1945, supported by a timeline of national events that helped shape the town. It steers away from the common two-dimensional viewpoints some people had on the Home Front and the endless reusing of the same themes - ‘the Great British spirit,’ Churchillian greatness, D-Day, Dunkirk and VE day. Although one cannot dismiss those remarkable qualities the town developed during the war, it also explores controversial topics such as social impacts, the rise in juvenile delinquency, misplaced optimism, increase in crime and the acceptance of the status quo by some members of the ruling council.

Indeed, Barnsley rose to the challenge as it did years earlier, women once again revealed their rightful place in society as equals, miners smashed productivity records, men and women took up arms in anticipation of invasion.

The Second World War had arguably the same impacts on Barnsley as the Great War, further local names etched on the memorials as a timeless reminder of the men, women and children who died or gave their life for their town, county and country. Never to be forgotten.

About The Author
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Mark’s interest in writing was sparked once he started writing articles for his town’s local history magazine, Memories of Barnsley. His personal interests include cycling, reading, history tours, researching local history and enjoying time with his two children.

REVIEWS
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An exemplary and impressively presented history of a single but representative British community during the war years, "Barnsley at War 1939 - 45" is an extraordinary and exceptionally informative contribution to the growing library of World War II literature.

- Midwest Book Review

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