Much has been written about Britain's Military role in the Second World War. From the Outbreak of hostilities in 1939 to peace in 1945, accounts of Britain's early struggle through to her eventual victory are well documented.
But what of those left behind? Those civilians of the home front left to face their own hardships and the ever changing times. How did they cope with the restrictions of rationing? How did they come to terms with the frightening reality of air raid bombings? How did British women overcome male disdain and evolve from their recognised role of home makers to that of the working women of the 'Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WVS)', munitions factories, the 'Women's Land Army (WLA)' and the such like?
The 'Home Sweet Home Front' website has been designed to go some way to give insight into what it was really like for those heroes and heroines of the British home front during World War Two - click and enjoy!
Poster: BOVRIL – “doffs the cap” to the splendid women of Britain
Bovril honours British women and for taking on many roles to help the war effort including mechanics, civil defence workers, WRNS, ATS and WAAF.
(Image courtesy of https://flashbak.com/bovril-59437/)
Neville Chamberlain died today at the age of 71 after a long illness with stomach cancer.
Chamberlain had a distinguished career as a clear minded administrator, but will most certainly be remembered by most over his policy of appeasement and in particular his 1939 “peace for our time” speech.
Winston Churchill later said “whatever else history may or may not say about these terrible, tremendous years, we can be sure that Neville Chamberlain acted with perfect sincerity according to his lights and strove to the utmost of his capacity and authority, which were powerful, to save the world from the awful, devastating struggle in which we are now engaged.”
Chamberlain’s funeral is due to be held at Westminster Abbey, London on the 14th November.
ENSA (Entertainment National Service Association) also coined by some as “Every Night Something Awful!” held its first concert for troops somewhere in France.
Master of ceremony was the actor / manager Sir Seymour Hicks with Gracie Fields as star of the show.