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!
May 8th 1945 saw the defeat of Nazi Germany and officially the end of the Second World War in Europe. Please raise a glass at home to commemorate the men and women who sacrificed their lives for all of us.
The streets of London, and all over the UK, saw widespread celebrations following the announcement that the war with Germany was finally over. Churchill announced from 10 Downing Street at 3pm, "The German war is at an end. Advance Britannia! Long live the cause of freedom! God save the King!"
(Photo source - Daily Telegraph)
In Paris, six-inch headlines announced the surrender in Paris Soir. The war-weary citizens stood cheering as they watched an Allied planes fly over. They have also been promised fireworks to celebrate and an extra bottle of wine on ration for each adult.