England`s Hour: An Autobiography 1939-1941

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A&C Black, Dec 20, 2005 - History - 230 pages
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As Testament of Youth movingly showed, the First World War was to haunt Vera Brittain throughout her life. When Great Britain again declared war on Germany in 1939, she feared the worst. But although during these years much was to be endured by the British, much was also to be gained. This spirit of determination is vividly captured by Vera Brittain as she describes her own personal experiences set against the dramatic events of the early war years, events like the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz which were to become a part of history as 'England's Hour'.
  

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User Review  - Leigh - Goodreads

I've been wanting to read this book for years, and it did not disappoint. It delivers a realistic view of the Blitz of London in 1940 during World War II and a very in the moment feeling, since it was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

She set out originally to write this as a sort of wartime companion piece to JB Priestley's English Journey but adapted this idea once she realised that while many places would still be largely the ... Read full review

Contents

DISPLACEMENT OF POPULATION
1
SEPTEMBER 31939
7
BLIMPS ON THE COAST
11
WINTER BLACKOUT
17
THE BLITZKRIEG ARRIVES
24
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CIVILISATION
32
ENGLANDS HOUR
40
AND SoFAREWELL
49
WARDENS POST
106
LONDON UNDER FIRE
112
ANNIVERSARY
121
THE TRAINING CENTRES CARRY ON
128
COUNTRY VISIT STYLE 1940
136
BRITISH MORALE
141
LONDONS HOUR
147
UNIVERSITY METROPOLIS
155

CITY PARK
59
APPELLATE TRIBUNAL
63
AREOPAGUS
71
FIFTEEN SEASICK CHILDREN
79
ONCE RESIDENTIAL
87
MAINLINE TERMINUS
91
THE RAIDERS COME TO TOWN
96
CHAPTER PAGE 16 SUBURBAN AFTERMATH
101
EVACUEE DEPOT
164
INDUSTRIAL MIDLANDS
171
LIVING DANGEROUSLY
182
BERKSHTOE VILLAGE
193
THE RUINS OF TROY
199
FOR EVER LONDON
213
EPILOGUE
222
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Vera Brittain (1894-1970) was a writer, journalist, pamphleteer and lecturer (on both sides of the Atlanic). Her novel Testament of Youth was an instant best seller. It was republished by Virago and made into a TV series.

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