Air Raid Shelters of the Second World War

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This book will feature the design, creation and use of air raid shelters, including interviews with people who used them during the Second World War. The book will contain the different types of bunkers/air raid shelters (both public and in people's gardens) and discuss the strength and weakness of their designs, using original designs and primary material. The nostalgia/social history of the book will cover people's experiences of staying in the air raid shelters. These will be divided into topics to include ...

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Air Raid Shelters of the Second World War: Family Stories of Survival in the Blitz

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Overview

This book will feature the design, creation and use of air raid shelters, including interviews with people who used them during the Second World War. The book will contain the different types of bunkers/air raid shelters (both public and in people's gardens) and discuss the strength and weakness of their designs, using original designs and primary material. The nostalgia/social history of the book will cover people's experiences of staying in the air raid shelters. These will be divided into topics to include getting to the shelters (how they reacted to the sirens or whether they just moved into the shelters, especially those in gardens, long-term), facilities, health issues, morale and safety, both real and perceived. In recent years, air raid shelters have been converted into different uses, including homes and the book will finish with a brief chapter concerning the future and preservation of these once vital buildings.

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"...reminds us of the families that slept in them every night and even owed their lives to them…."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848843271
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,251,772
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Prelude: A Scenario 15

Chapter 1 1939: Andersons and Morrisons 17

Chapter 2 The Blitz and the First Shelter Experience 33

Chapter 3 Bombings Across the Land I 47

Chapter 4 Health Matters 79

Chapter 5 Bombings Across the Land II 87

Chapter 6 Information Overload 97

Chapter 7 Enthusiasts and Nostalgia 105

Chapter 8 Life in the Shelters 119

Chapter 9 'Mum Heard a Doodlebug': Amazing Tales 147

Chapter 10 Their Finest Hour 155

Chapter 11 In Darkest London 165

Afterword 173

Thanks and Acknowledgements 179

Bibliography 183

Index 187

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