Essex and the Second World War 1939-1945
Author: Paul Rusiecki
“This is an excellent first publication from the Essex imprint of the University of Hertfordshire. Paul Rusiecki’s book will be the key reference point for sources and for interpretation by local historians working on Essex in the Second World War, and can serve as a model for other county histories. [It is] a landmark history of a county in World War Two.”
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“This is an excellent book, its quality testament to both Rusiecki’s authorship and the immensely rich collections housed in Essex Record Office. Rusiecki has marshalled his sources expertly, from diaries and minute books to recordings of oral history interviews and an extensive reading of the local and regional press. The book tells the story of Essex at war expertly, and is not only unmissable for those interested in the county, but will reward the attention of anyone interested in Britain’s home front more generally.” Matthew Grant, Family and Community History
“Rusiecki has explored what happened to Essex during the Second World War in a remarkable manner... this book… [is] very valuable.” Trevor James, The Historian
Under Fire is a meticulous study of the impact of total war on the civilian population of Essex between 1939 and 1945. Paul Rusiecki examines how people coped with the immense stress caused by heavy bombing, the fear of invasion and other anxieties whilst so much was demanded of them by the authorities.
ISBN: 978-1-909291-28-7 Format: Paperback, 320pp Published: May 2015
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