Voices of the Second World War: A Child's Perspective

Voices of the Second World War: A Child's Perspective

by Sheila A Renshaw


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Voices of the Second World War: A Child's Perspective by Sheila A Renshaw

Voices of the Second World War: A Child’s Perspective is a collection of firsthand accounts from people who experienced the Second World War from all over Europe: stretching from Russia to the Channel Islands, and Norway to Malta.

While some children appear to have been hardly aware of the war, for those who lived through bombing, occupation, deprivation, starvation and fear, the memories remain with them even today.

The accounts have been relayed according to their perspective at the time and the contributors were happy to share their experiences and memories, keen in the knowledge that they were being documented as personal chroniclers of one of the twentieth century's most catastrophic events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526700599
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sheila Renshaw grew up in an RAF family and the joined the WRAF after leaving school, later receiving a commission and marrying an RAF pilot. She travelled extensively with the services and brought up a family of two daughters.

She was inspired to write this book having talked to a neighbour who lived in the U.S.S.R. during the Second World War and who had never told her story to anyone before as she didn’t feel anyone would be interested. Amazed at what she'd heard, Sheila began to wonder how many other stories were out there waiting to be told...

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Sheila - 5 years old: Outer Hebrides, Scotland 1

Chapter 2 Derek - 9 years old: Hull, England 7

Chapter 3 Nadia - 14 years old: Ukraine (USSR) 13

Chapter 4 Val - 5 years old: Coventry, England 21

Chapter 5 Hilde - 10 years old: Germany 25

Chapter 6 Hildegard - 11 years old: Germany 29

Chapter 7 Colin - 4 years old: London, England 35

Chapter 8 Angie - 9 years old: London, England 39

Chapter 9 Eric - 12 years old: Wimborne, England 43

Chapter 10 Jon - 4 years old: The Netherlands 47

Chapter 11 Greta - 7 years old: Elverum, Norway 53

Chapter 12 Three short accounts … 59

Chapter 13 Anne - 9 years old: York, England 65

Chapter 14 Mike - 7 years old: Coventry, England 69

Chapter 15 Natalie - 9 years old: Zlin, Czechoslovakia 73

Chapter 16 June - 4 years old: Guernsey, Channel Islands 79

Chapter 17 Maria - 4 years old: Malta 85

Chapter 18 Geoffrey - 10 years old: crossing the Atlantic, on board the SS Fanad Head 89

Chapter 19 Christine - 10 years old: Nottingham, England 93

Chapter 20 John - 6 years old: Ashwell, Herts, England 97

Chapter 21 Birgitta- 12 years old: Sarpsborg, Sweden 101

Chapter 22 Ray - 2 years old: Hull, England 105

Chapter 23 Kris - 4 years old: Berlin, Germany 113

Chapter 24 Eric, Barbara and Ros: Jersey 117

Chapter 25 Adrian - 5 years old: Gosport, England 125

Chapter 26 Sara - 9 years old: Czechoslovakia 131

Chapter 27 Three short accounts … 139

Chapter 28 A collection of shorter memories 147

Epilogue 151

Glossary 153

Acknowledgements 159

Index 161

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