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Frome at War 1939-1945 is a comprehensive account of this Somerset market town’s experience of the conflict, covering in detail life on the Home Front set against the background of the wider theatres of war.
The narrative of that global struggle is given with a focus on the ordeals endured by the people of Frome, as they cheered their men and women fighters off to war, welcomed hundreds of evacuated men, women and children to the town, and contributed their part to the fight against Hitler and the Nazi threat.
Rare insights into the life of the town are included, along with seldom told stories from the footnotes of history; from Frome’s part within the secret underground resistance movement and the national fight for women’s equality, to the gradual influx of American GIs and Field-Marshall Montgomery's stay in the aftermath of Dunkirk.
The book incorporates memoirs and memories, along with in depth research from official records and newspaper accounts, which allow the reader to see the war not only from ordinary people’s perceptive, but the military experiences of Frome’s heroic men and women - and in many cases their tragic sacrifices – as well.
More controversial aspects are also touched on, including injustice, espionage, racism and politics, to give a full and fascinating picture of a town facing profound trials of endurance and courage, but at the same time revealing the characteristics that have sustained Frome throughout its illustrious and turbulent history.
Memoirs from the British Expeditionary Force 1914-1915
By: Lord Edward Gleichen
Fighting on Three Fronts
By: Major D. D. Ogilvie
A History of Magic and Witchcraft
By: Frances Timbers
Monty's Greatest Victory
By: Charles Whiting
Isle of Thanet in the Great War
By: Stephen Wynn
The Manchester Bantams
By: Caroline Scott
The Early Battles of the Eighth Army
By: Adrian Stewart
British Expeditionary Force - The 1915 Campaign
By: Andrew Rawson
The Edge of the Sword
By: General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
Eastern Front: Night Combat
By: Bob Carruthers
Infantry Small Arms of the 21st Century
By: Leigh Neville
To the Last Man
By: Randolph Bradham
By: Dr Dayanna Knight
The Men Who Flew the Hawker Hunter
By: Martin Bowman
Normandy's Nightmare War
By: Douglas Boyd