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  1. says:

    World War II was in many instances the defining event for modern Britain It lasted 6 long years, two of which they were fighting Germany alone Norman Longmate gives us an encyclopedic look at what it was like to live in the UK during those years, From rationing which lasted until 1954 to mandatory national service for anyone under the age of 60, to the nightly bombing during the Blitz and later attacks by V 1 and V 2 rockets to the friendly, but still disconcerting invasion of over a million foreign troops one can only have boundless admiration for the British people who not only managed to keep on going, but who were remarkably cheerful about it.Today we fight ugly little wars in faraway places and no one except the families of our all volunteer armed services make any kind of sacrifice It s instructive to read a book like this to see what people had to do when they were literally with their backs to the wall trying to save western civilization.


  2. says:

    This book, written in 1971 is filled with amazing first person accounts of life in Britain during World War II It s obviously been used by other authors as a source of material as many stories in this book can be found in newer books Every aspect of life during the war years is covered, using the memories and diaries of people who lived through them Now that the war generation is passing into history, books such as this one, written when these people were still alive to be interviewed, become invaluable This book is a treasure trove I highly recommend it for those interested in this time period.


  3. says:

    This book is about the British home front day to day life during World War II.This book encompasses an incredible amount of information put together in an easily read, interestingly organized manner In fact, considering the quantity and variety of subjects covered and the large number of sources used, I would have to say the organization is masterful Longmate s own memories, statements, and opinions sometimes jar, but I found this a fascinating read Though I had read at least twenty books about Britain during World War II before reading this one, much of the specific hardships, living situations, amusements, occupations so many things were new to me, or were covered completely A random example would be exactly how clothing coupons worked.Keeper.


  4. says:

    Exceptionally good read The book is oral history in content but not in form as Longmate brilliantly weaves hundreds of reminiscences into a compelling narrative No aspect of English wartime life goes uncovered what they ate, what they wore and how they made do The last chapters are of particular interest to me dealing with the films they watched, the songs they sang, the broadcasts they heard and the books they read The chapter on wartime reading has given me leads on many titles some of which may turn up on Goodreads by and by HOW WE LIVED then was first published in 1971, so it may assumed that most of the first hand observers have passed, but as best I can tell, Longmate is still among the quick.


  5. says:

    This is a great collection of first person accounts of life on the home front during WWII Covering rationing, the creation of Anderson shelters, weddings, births and the evacuation of children from London and much , the book gives a really interesting perspective of what the situation was like for those keeping the home fires burning during the midst of the war.You can definitely choose to read this from front to back, or pick chapters that you re interested in and skip the ones you don t like, as it is quite a large book with a significant amount of detail given to each topic in the book There s no continuation of characters from chapter to chapter, which gives the opportunity to pick up chapters here and there if that s what you fancy.


  6. says:

    An island nation, mostly abandoned by its allies, fights off the fascist continental empire with austerity, hard work, and cooperation Sure, the military especially the air force did its work But Longmate focuses on the lives of ordinary civilians, often letting them tell their stories in their own words I enjoyed the first hand accounts of rationing, blacking out, building shelters, and joining everything from the fire brigade to civil defense units and knitting circles This was the lived experience of my family, so I will never tire of learning about it.


  7. says:

    Fascinating first person accounts on the social history of World War Two, I ll be coming back to this one once the boys cycle round to this period in history Evocative and moving.


  8. says:

    One can find many books on the history of World War II, from the perspective of each country involved, to the political undertones, to the experiences of officers and footsoldiers This book is unique, written in 1970, in a sweeping attempt to explain how the war in England was won on the homefront.This book was somewhat personal for me, in that some of the artifacts in it were common items from my childhood we would go through large shoeboxes of pictures and ephemera, and at one point, we found ration coupon books and played war shops Somehow as children of the 1970s, the story had come down to us about our English relatives hardship in finding the most basic of foods and clothing as the war dragged on for six long years an emigrant cousin or two brought her ration books with her just in case, and they stayed in a cabinet for decades until we brought them out Reading about how English ingenuity used garden hose and rope to replace failed bicycle tires, any textiles at all to replace worn clothing, and hundreds of other make do efforts, made me appreciate the civilian sacrifice all the The United States is currently fighting on several fronts, but civilians have been asked to give up nothing, and we are not particularly aware of the realities of these wars The English fought hunger and deprivation at home to spare for their sons and husbands on the front lines, with very little complaining and a chin up attitude I still find in my family today.At over 700 pages, Longmate covered nearly all possible aspects of home life kitchen, cooking, clothing, shopping, movies, popular music, the influx of other Allied troops, books, the media, school, the evacuation of children from dense cities, family relations, and far Because it was written just a few decades after it happened, he interviewed women and former children who had these experiences, and thus includes firsthand accounts that are no longer possible, so as a historical document this is rich with information.Much exists about this war, but reading about how it permeated every aspect of civilian life allows a 21st century reader to truly understand how it was the cultural touchpoint of a generation It is well worth the time to read through it and reflect.


  9. says:

    A history of World War II in which Churchill, Hitler, Eisenhower, Roosevelt and others scarcely get a look in is always worth a read So often histories of the war either take an overview approach, or a specifically military approach, or they focus on a specific group, a specific battle or theatre of war But this book is very much about the ordinary man and woman in the street and their wartime experiences, rather than high level politics and military manoeuvres Even the Blitz as an extraordinary event gets very little time it is very much about the day to day experiences of wartime, the minor and the mundane.Longmate, who himself lived through the war as a teenager, takes a thematic rather than chronological approach, each chapter focusing on a different aspect of life on the home front rationing, the black out, wartime weddings, evacuation, schools, garden air raid shelters, pets, holidays, travel, sports and entertainment, even personal hygiene It really brings home just how total a war it really was there was almost no element of life that continued unchanged and undisturbed.Longmate collected a huge quantity of personal reminiscences for this book, and every chapter, every page is full of memories and anecdotes from his contributors These personal accounts really give life and immediacy to the narrative, and very often the banal quality of them makes it even poignant For most people didn t, couldn t see the bigger picture, and the day to day petty inconveniences and deprivations were their most salient memories of the war And yet in many ways these are the most interesting elements of the wartime story because they are most representative of real life and real people.


  10. says:

    For this 1970 book on Britain s wartime hardships, Norman Longmate interviewed many hundreds of survivors and delved into voluminous documentation in order to give us a picture of just how hard it was for those trying to find food, clothing and a way to stay alive during a very dangerous time Longmate s tome is separated in a mostly linear fashion starting with the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending with VE day and the soldiers starting to come home in 1945 In between are chapters on the various entertainments available during those six years, the different ways those on the homefront tried to do their bit and the extraordinary difficulties faced in getting enough to eat and clothing one s family members decently When you have to keep your children home from school because you couldn t find shoes for them to wear at any price things are pretty grim When asked how they remember these years, most of the respondents say what they remember is being cold and hungry At 2 oz of cheese a week per person, hunger doesn t begin to describe it What is astounding to me is how willingly and creatively British citizens faced these difficulties Nobody was thrilled to have to try to make something palatable out of powdered egg, but nobody seems to have done much whining about it, either Contrasted with the amount of whining we and I include myself do on a regular basis, these people were superheroes.



Although Nearly % Of The Population Of Great Britain Remained Civilians Throughout The War, Or For A Large Part Of It, Their Story Has So Far Largely Gone Untold In Contrast With The Thousands Of Books On Military Operations, Barely Any Have Concerned Themselves With The Individual S Experience The Problems Of The Ordinary Family Are Barely Ever Mentioned Food Rationing, Clothes Rationing, The Black Out And Air Raids Get Little Space, And Everyday Shortages Almost None At All This Book Is An Attempt To Redress The Balance To Tell The Civilian S Story Largely Through Their Own Recollections And In Their Own Words Mr Longmate Has Recruited An Enormous Volunteer Army Of Home Front Veterans Who Sent Him Their Wartime RecollectionsHe Has Brilliantly Sifted And Assembled The Precious Debris Guardian

  • Paperback
  • 592 pages
  • How We Lived Then: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War
  • Norman Longmate
  • English
  • 17 August 2017
  • 9780712668323

About the Author: Norman Longmate

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