The author takes a personal look back to Yeovil during the six years of the Second World War and during the time when he grew up. He tells of the air raids, how people rallied to civil defence, welcomed thousands of young evacuees in 1939 and again in 1944. How people dealt with the many trials of a population facing and enduring total war. Sitting for hours in uncomfortable air raid shelters hearing German bombers flying overhead and wondering where bombs would fall on Yeovil. How the townsfolk saved to buy a destroyer and a Spitfire, and ‘Saluted the Soldier’, as well as hearing the roar of aircraft engines from the Westland Aircraft works and watched Lysanders, Whirlwinds and Spitfires flying overhead. Also, they enjoyed the ‘friendly invasion’ of the US Army preparing for D-Day, saw them go off to battle and finally the joy of VE- and VJ-Days. Total war meant that no-one in the town, young and old alike, escaped unaffected. Illustrated with many rare and unpublished images.
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