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on 24 November 2010
This excellent book chronicles the whole of the Second World War, mainly from the Home Front. From the lampoons of enemy leaders, to swipes at over-officious ARP wardens, from affectionate looks at the Home Guard to women at war in the Services and in the Land army, from victories to setbacks and from hopes and fears to everyday living, rationing and making-do there's no area of the war that Punch didn't cover, with a laugh.
Widely believed at the time to be so essential to morale that it was allowed extra paper ration (and who am I to argue), Punch kept the spirits up with cartoons and humourous articles throughout those dark days.
I bought this for the cartoons which, as expected, are great. What I didn't expect were the informative (though still funny) written articles. There are regular pages reviewing the day in Parliament, reporting on Churchill's speeches and MPs reactions.
If you're after a book that provides you with a good laugh and at the same time educates you on numerous aspects of life during WWII this is the book for you.
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I bought this book because my Late Father G J Parkinson is the star of one of the cartoons.

He is depicted having brought his Lancaster Bomber back from a raid with only the two starboard engines working and half of the Port side wing missing. He managed a similar feat with a Wimpy as well! The third time he brought home a wreck he landed up within yards of the full amunition compound!

I really enjoyed the book as the humour is gentle and does not glorify war. My late father did not like being in the war but did more than his duty. He flew so many sorties over enemy territory that he was stood down from front line duties. He always said that the most frightening thing was teaching new pilots to fly. Hew also test flew one of the first British Jet Planes.

I bought this book for family reasons but would recommend it to anyone. It is beautifully presented and a good thought provoking read.

Simon Parkinson
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on 29 July 2011
Punch goes to War offers an alternative and refreshing view of life both at the Home Front and at the battle fronts. A book that you can dip into with a good mixture of cartoons and text. Cartoons by David Lowe, one of the very best war time cartoonists, are of course not included as he did not work for Punch.
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on 5 February 2011
A huge book full of very cheerful cartoons, originally drawn to raise morale among the civilian population. Still funny, and a great read. Wonderful nostalgia.
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