The Black Country in the Great War ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Pearson

The Black Country in the Great War

Pen and Sword Military
Publication date: September 2014
ISBN: 9781473840942
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

List price:
$9.99
Our price:
$7.99

You save: $2.00 (20%)
This is not a book about the Great War; it is about life during the war. Changes in people's lives: their work, home, food, entertainment and news. I used original research material including newspapers, to paint a picture of life in the Black Country.¿¿Manufacturing was vital; we were well-equipped to supply the engines of war. The region had motor manufacturers who made aero engines, tanks, guns, munitions and much more. Towards the end of the war the Black Country became one huge munitions works!¿¿Some of the greatest changes were societal, women's role changed massively. Wider social change involved the first steps towards equality between the sexes. By 1918 women could vote and stand as MPs. At work, women became clerks, tram drivers, munitions workers and more. With so many men away, without women the war could not have been won.¿¿This was the first modern conflict, truly the First World War, where troops globally converged, mainly on France and Belgium, to fight a common enemy. It began in August 1914 amid much excitement and the initial months saw the British Army grow hugely. There were those who did not want to fight, their circumstances will be examined, as well as methods used to 'encourage' them to sign up.¿¿The war developed into trench warfare, with heavy casualties, vastly more than thought imaginable. Most Black Country families lost one or more of their loved ones; but there was little time to mourn; in many cases reports were not made public for some time; a well-oiled propaganda machine saw that news did not seriously damage morale.¿¿In 1916 war came to the Black Country through a Zeppelin raid. Its affect was devastating and impacted widely as restrictions were placed on lighting and other measures to minimise the effects of probable future raids. By 1917 the Black Country had to cope with more wounded from the front line. Hospitals were full and further measures were needed to accommodate our returning injured heroes. Treatment, feeding and entertainment for the wounded are all examined. Indeed, generally food supply was of concern from day one of the war. Prices rose, supply became short, there were riots protesting about 'profiteering' and eventually rationing was imposed. Alcohol supply was strictly controlled, pubs closed for a period during the day, to stop essential workers neglecting their duties. This change illustrates how life in Britain changed; it was the 1980s before this restriction on pub opening hours was finally lifted.¿¿By 1917 the war became a marathon, with no end in sight. The Government sought innovative means to raise money and the Black Country played its part in supporting those initiatives. Local charities raised funds through events including football matches, fêtes, collections and more to provide money for good causes. Parcels to prisoners of war, troops serving at the front and the wounded were all catered for. Christmas traditions were preserved, mainly for the children, with parties for those whose father was away at war.
Please sign in to review this product.
Devices:
The Black Country in the Great War ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
40385 Kb
Language:
ENG
Copy From Text:
Enabled. Limit of 5 selections within 5 days.
Printing:
Enabled. Limit of 5 pages within 5 days.
Other books by Michael Pearson
Imagined Places ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Pearson
Imagined Places
Michael Pearson
Dzanc Books, January 2014
ISBN: 9780815606604
Format: ePub
List Price: $9.99 Our price: $7.99
A Place That's Known ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Pearson
A Place That's Known
Michael Pearson
Dzanc Books, January 2014
ISBN: 9780878056729
Format: ePub
List Price: $9.99 Our price: $7.99
John McPhee ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Pearson
John McPhee
Michael Pearson
Dzanc Books, January 2014
ISBN: 9780805746242
Format: ePub
List Price: $9.99 Our price: $7.99
Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors: A Guide For Family Historians ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Pearson
Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors: A Guide For Family Historians
Michael Pearson
Pen and Sword Family History, October 2012
ISBN: 9781844159130
Format: ePub, PDF
List Price: $14.97 Our price: $13.99