Few could believe that within twenty years of the war to end all wars being won, the world would once again be at war. Veterans of the Great War feared a repeat of events and, even worse, many knew that this time their children would also be involved in the fighting. What had all the sacrifice been about?
Derbyshire's towns and villages were badly affected by the Great War with many lives lost, families ripped apart and a way of life that had changed forever. Building and economic recovery had been hindered by the Great Depression and the county was not ready to face another war, nor for the problems of warfare from the air and some resulting plane crashes on its hillsides. Yet somehow the county and its people found the strength to unite against the enemy once more and ensure that Germany would never be victorious.
Derbyshire at War 1939-45 chronicles life on the Home Front during the Second World War, which reached into every home and affected every citizen, changing lives and the face of the county. It is also a timely reminder of the difficulties, hardships and restrictions faced by Derbyshire as the war dragged on, and how local communites overcame the odds that were stacked against them.
The Defence of the Dardanelles
By: Michael Forrest
Roosevelt's and Churchill's Atlantic Charter
By: Richard Evans, Michael Kluger
Fighting the Somme
By: Jack Sheldon
Theaters of the American Revolution
By: James K Martin, David L Preston
The Revolution's Last Men
By: Donald N. Hagist
Artillery in the Great War
By: Sanders Marble, Paul Strong
Roman Conquests: North Africa
By: Dr Nic Fields
Cold War Hot
By: Peter Tsouras
The Black Princes Expedition
By: H J Hewitt
Foreword by: Kelly DeVries