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Killing Napoleon

Harpenden: A Village in Wartime

Publication Date15th October 2018

Book FormatPaperback

pages128

Illustrations220

Height234

Width165

Harpenden: A Village in Wartime is a tribute to the wartime record of the people of the city of Chester in the two World Wars.
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ISBN
9781445689050
The Hertfordshire town of Harpenden experienced the tragedies and hardships of war first-hand during the two world wars. Illustrated by historic picture postcards and photographs, the reader is taken on a journey starting from the early days of the First World War, when 4,000 troops descended on this peaceful country village in Hertfordshire for training prior to departure to the horrors of northern France. The interwar years of the 1920s and ’30s, as the country gradually got back onto its feet again after four years of conflict, were a time of great expansion and change in Harpenden, where new housing was built and additional roads were constructed. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Anderson shelters were distributed, trenches were dug and evacuee children started to arrive. Alongside the morale-boosting marches by the local Home Guard there were the nightly air-raid sirens and the forced incarceration in shelters, relief only coming with the welcome sound of the ‘all-clear’. The euphoria that was felt as first VE Day and then VJ Day dawned, finally bringing to an end nearly six years of hostilities, was tempered post-war by the continuation of rationing and austerity.

Harpenden: A Village in Wartime is the story of Harpenden’s experiences over almost forty years of war and peace as this quiet agricultural village gradually developed into the attractive town that we see today. It pays tribute to the people of this town who served, died and lived through the two world wars, and how they managed to endure in the face of the horrors of conflict.
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