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!
This incongruous image shows innocent children playing happily whilst wearing their gas masks.
Children were issued with Mickey Mouse gas masks which they seemed to take quite happily to. These brightly coloured gas masks were an attempt to try to make it more appealing to children and it succeeded to a point.
See our web page on Gas for more information.
Untrusting of brick street shelters, Londoners decided to take refuge in the underground stations on the fifth night of the Blitz. With cement scarce many brick street shelters proved unsafe when bombs fell nearby and the underground stations provided deeper protection. Altogether 177,000 people spent the night in the 79 different stations. Piccadilly Circus station attracted 5,000 latecomers with many having to sleep on the escalators.
Winston Churchill was today elected Tory Party leader in succession to Neville Chamberlain who retired from the Government due to his poor health. The decision to elect Churchill, which was taken at a private party meeting, was reported to have been unanimous.
Implicated in the July 20th assassination plot on Hitler's life, Rommel was visited by two generals sent by Hitler. The Fuhrer promised Rommel that if he were to take his own life then his family would be left unharmed. Rommel proved to be one of Germany's most popular generals.