Mansfield in World War II - Memories from the People of Mansfield

Mansfield in World War II - Memories from the People of Mansfield

Mansfield in World War II - Memories from the People of Mansfield

Published by the Old Mansfield Society in 2004, 60 pages. Large booklet - c.21cm by 26cm (N5025)

This booklet provides a fascinating collection of memories and personal accounts of what life was like in the Nottinghamshire town of mansfield during the Second World War....

From the introduction: The summer of 1939 was a good one. Many local families enjoyed basking in their favourite east coast resorts while Nottinghamshire batsman, Walter Keeton, who lived in Mansfield, had responded to the sun on his back by making the highest score for the county, 312 not out.

People could be forgiven for thinking that just as good, if not better, days lay ahead for had not the Prime Minister, Mr. Neville Chamberlain, assured the nation of, 'Peace in our time'....

In those early months of the war, unless a family had a loved one away in the forces, events touched Mansfield lightly. There were petty nuisances to be borne but the earlier fears of air raids and gas attacks proved groundless. So lacking in danger did the general situation seem that by Christmas of 1939, the children, evacuated in haste in September, had returned home. This period of inactivity - the 'Phoney War', as it was called - lasted until the early summer of 1940. But even during this period of comparative calm, there were reminders that, in the popular phrase, 'there‘s a war on.' Early in January, food rationing was introduced: not all at once, just for meat to begin with but other foods followed.

Mansfield felt very much involved in the conflict, as one of the regiments in the hastily formed expeditionary force that was sent to Norway was the local territorial battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. Outnumbered and ill equipped, some fell in battle, many were taken prisoners: only a few returned safely to England. As they looked at the ever increasing casualty lists in the local papers no Mansfield person could be in any doubt that they and their home town were now fully involved in the war and must face its consequences....

The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price (printed) and a small price sticker on the rear side cover

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