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4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful and eye-catching view of Britain's darkest & finest hour, 11 Dec 2007
Even though most of us today never lived through the period, perhaps because as Britons, we feel we have a direct connection to the British Home Front. As a result, it has become one of the most widely researched and written about areas of Second World War history. So it may not come as breaking news that yet another general history of the period has been published.

However, this new work approaches the subject in an exciting, colourful and eye-catching way. Largely due to the influence of the internet and the burgeoning interest in collecting Home Front memorabilia, this large format book is visually, manually and aurally interactive.

Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, where most of the featured wartime memorabilia has been sourced, the text is written by leading Home Front author Juliet Gardiner.

Divided into manageable, chronological double-page articles, the book encompasses all the main elements of Britain during the war, including the pre-war tensions, evacuation, the Phoney war, military service, rationing, Dig for Victory, Dunkirk, the invasion scare, the Home Guard, the Channel Islands, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, internment, propaganda, bombing Germany, intelligence, war production, women, the Americans, D-Day, the V-weapons, the final victory and a new, post-war future.

As well as 200 photographs, the interactive side features removable quality facsimiles of an evacuee's photograph album, Ministry of Food, Dig for Victory, invasion warning, and German propaganda leaflets, a petrol ration book, a detailed full size fold-out map of the Operation Sealion landing beaches, a Luftwaffe target map of the London Docks, an ARP warden's typed Blitz report, a Keep Mum poster, a Make Do and Mend booklet and finally a VE day newspaper. There is also a tucked-in CD containing evocative first hand accounts.

Although much of the book's contents will be familiar to seasoned historians of the Home Front, it nonetheless allows easy reference to the main facts and information in a bright and attractive way. The book is probably more suited to students studying the Home Front or those approaching the subject from the deep end and wish to have a clear and accessible overview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!, 31 Jan 2009
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K. Fugill (ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
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Got this book for xmas after seeing it in Borders for 30!!!! really nice book esp for 10.50 with loads of little things that pull out, like old letters and maps and posters..quite delicate but really cool too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully put together. Stands out from other books., 18 Feb 2009
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Great details and lots of interesting bits of information. Book put together really well with little pockets and envelopes enclosing documents of interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home front, 14 Feb 2009
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Mr. P. Girault (Farnham, UK) - See all my reviews
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An excellent book to own. Packed with information and photographs, it brings history to life as it is packed with evidence you can hold. I use this book in the classroom, it is a fantastic resource that children love to handle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present, 19 Jan 2014
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This review is from: IWM War on the Home Front: Experience Life in Britain During the Second World War (Imperil War Museum) (Imperial War Museum) (Hardcover)
This was a stocking filler for my husband. Lots of photographs that are informative and interesting brings the era to light
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5.0 out of 5 stars A, 17 Mar 2013
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This review is from: IWM War on the Home Front: Experience Life in Britain During the Second World War (Imperil War Museum) (Imperial War Museum) (Hardcover)
A good insight into Britians home front during WW2 made more intersting by the fasmile documents within a good resorse for education use
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