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Conquerors of the Roman Empire: The Franks Marengo Colours in the Sky Flight Craft 13: The Gloster Meteor in British Service

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Walking the Western Front Voices from the Battle of the Bulge Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World c.1200 BCE – 1302 CE The Second World War Explained

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Clan Fabius, Defenders of Rome Hero on the Western Front Great Western, County Classes Hitler’s Brandenburgers

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Total Onslaught – War and Revolution in Southern Africa

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Total Onslaught – War and Revolution in Southern Africa Since 1945 by former war correspondent Paul Moorcraft, who served in the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean Police and worked closely with the British armed forces for many years.

The end of the Second World War may have heralded peace in Europe but conflicts in Southern Africa were about to begin. The imperial powers were weakened by the cost of war and a string of wars challenged colonial rule in countries such as Namibia, Angola and Rhodesia. Once independence was achieved, civil wars between rival factions unfamiliar with democratic principles resulted. Liberation movements such as those in South Africa demanded self-rule and end to Apartheid. Tribal feuds, corruption and the ambitions of dictators led to more conflicts such as the protracted fighting in the Congo. These were wars that ran on until both sides were exhausted often only to be re-kindled after short periods of uneasy peace. The cost in human and material terms has been devastating and in too many cases remain so. Economic development has been frustrated and the result is often poverty, abuse and genocide. The Author, who knows Southern Africa as a native, is superbly equipped to tell this fascinating if tragic record.

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Echoes of the Coventry Blitz Death on the Victorian Beat The Last Governor A History of Women’s Lives in Coventry

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The Legacy of Anne Frank Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen British Retail and the Men Who Shaped It Dickens’s Artistic Daughter Katey

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Female Railway Workers in World War II

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Female Railway Workers in World War II by Dr Susan Major.

During World War II women took on railway roles which were completely new to females. They worked as porters and guards, on the permanent way, and in maintenance and workshop operations. In this book Susan Major features the voices of women talking about their wartime railway experiences, using interviews by the Friends of the National Railway Museum.

Many were working in ‘men’s jobs’, or working with men for the first time, and these interviews offer tantalising glimpses of conditions, sometimes under great danger. What was it about railway work that attracted them? It’s fascinating to contrast their voices with the way they were portrayed in official publicity campaigns and in the light of attitudes to women working in the 1940s. These women talk about their difficulties in a workplace not designed for women – no toilets for example, the attitudes of their families, what they thought about American GIs and Italian POWs, how they coped with swearing and troublesome colleagues, rules about stockings. They describe devastating air raids and being thrust into tough responsibilities for the first time.

This book fills a gap, as most books on women’s wartime roles focus on the military services or industrial work. It offers valuable insights into the perceptions and concerns of these young women. As generations die out and families lose a direct connection, it becomes more important to be able to share their voices with a wider audience.

 

Also by Susan Major: Early Victorian Railway Excursions

 

 

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