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on 14 February 2005
I thought this book would be a fascinating book about what it says on the title 'Kent in 1940'. There is tremendous scope to write about this one particular year: the invasion threat, the Home Guard, the air raids, the Battle of Britain etc etc as it affected Kent. However, Hylton meanders off, trying to fit in the whole war in this one book, cherrypicking the 'sexier' details, e.g. describing Home Guard weapons that did not enter service till a good two years after 1940. His writing style can at times become rather generalised, making sweeping and at times rather crass and clever-clever remarks. He also occasionally retells 'old wives tales' and pub anecdotes as fact. The cover design makes the book look like a reprint paperback, which it is not. Having said all that - and believe me when I say these critcisms are trying to be heartfelt and constructive, not slagging off, there are some great original photographs never seen before of Home Guard road blocks and defences. As with his 'Darkest Hour' Home Front history, this could have been so much more, but the author got a bit carried away and went off the rails a bit...
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