The German Home Front 1939-45

By Brian Davis; Malcolm McGregor (Illustrator)
(Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846031854, 64pp.)

Publication Date: October 23, 2007

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Osprey's examination of Germany's home front situation during World War II (1939-1945). At the outbreak of war in 1939 Germany was committed to the concept of Blitzkrieg - a swift and decisive war. Yet, the reality became something very different as every corner of German society was hit by the realities of war.
This book details the critical civilian support that was necessary to maintain Nazi control of the civilian population and includes first-hand accounts of the experiences of civilians who suffered at the hands of their own government as well as enduring the deprivations and fears of wartime life. With analysis and descriptions of civil and home services, from air raid wardens to postwomen, this book provides a detailed, lavishly illustrated description of wartime life in Germany, exploring the tentacles of the Nazi state as they affected every man, woman and child.

About the Author
Brian retired from the Electricity Supply Industry a number of years ago, after a career as an engineer and manager, working throughout South Wales. Originally from the Eastern Valley of Gwent, he moved to Swansea twenty-eight years ago and now lives in Mumbles. Educated at West Monmouthshire Grammar School in Pontypool and completed his professional qualifications at the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology in Cardiff. His interests include rugby and male-voice singing - he has sung all over the country and toured many times overseas with the Cwmbran, Morriston Orpheus and Phoenix Choirs. His interest in local history saw him publish a book about Mumbles and Gower pubs in 2006. He has always been e keen walker since his hiking days in the scouts and has ascended most of the main peaks in Wales and completed numerous long-distance trails. His idea of walking from southernmost to the northernmost points in Wales has seen the publication of Wales: A walk TT, an illustrated historical account of his journey. Brian and his wife Mari have a son and daughter, and four little granddaughters.

Malcolm McGregor has been editor for the Scottish Rock Garden Club since 2000, and for many years he was editor of "Saxifrage Magazine", the specialist publication of the Saxifrage Society. His publications on saxifages includes "Saxifrages: The Complete Cultivars and Hybrids", which is the International register on saxifrage Cultivars, and Saxifrages from Scratch. Malcolm lectures regularly on alpine plants and rock gardening, and has traveled widely throughout the world.
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