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.
From the Dardanelles to Oran
By: Arthur Marder
Loos - Hohenzollen
By: Andrew Rawson
By: David Buttery
British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II - Vol 2
By: Malcolm George Wright
Genghis Khan and the Mongol War Machine
By: Chris Peers
By: Ian Dear
By: Lewis Childs
The Medieval Soldier
By: Vesey Norman
Slaughter on the Somme: 1 July 1916
By: John Grehan, Martin Mace