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.
Wellington and the Siege of San Sebastian, 1813
By: Bruce Collins
Hitler versus Stalin: The Eastern Front 1943 - 1944
By: Nik Cornish
By: Peter Rostron
First in the Field
By: Guy Warner
ShipCraft 2: King George V Class Battleships
By: Roger Chesneau
Tanks of the Second World War
By: Thomas Anderson
Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boat
By: Norman Franks
Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
By: John Anderson, Victor Piuk
In the Name of Lykourgos
By: Miltiadis Michalopoulos