#BookReview for Derbyshire at War 1939-45 by Glynis Cooper #WWII #WorldWarII @penswordbooks #Derbyshire #TownsandCitiesinWorldWarTwo #DerbyshireatWar

Few could believe that within twenty years of the war to end all wars being won the world was once again at war. Veterans of the Great War feared going through the same thing again and, even worse, many knew that this time their children would also be involved in the fighting. What had all the sacrifice been about?

Derbyshire, its towns and village, were badly hit by the Great War with many lives lost, families ripped apart and a way of life that had changed forever. Building and economic recovery had been hindered by the Great Depression. The county was not ready to face another war nor for the problems of warfare from the air and some resulting plane crashes on its hillsides. Yet somehow the county and its people, found the strength to unite against the enemy once more and ensure that Germany would never win the war.

The book chronicles life on the Home Front during the Second World, which itself reached into every home and affected every citizen, changing the life and the face of the county. It is also a timely reminder of the difficulties, hardships, restrictions and morale faced by Derbyshire as the war dragged on, and how the local community overcame the odds that were stacked against them.


I really enjoy the books in this series and this one was a pleasure to read, as I have said in previous reviews for books in the series, the photographs and the captions that illustrate the series are what makes the books in the series so special to read for me, I had previous really enjoyed this authors book on Cambridgeshire at War on the same period so I was really looking forward to reading a book on Derbyshire, which is a little more local to me.

This book focuses not only on the effects of the War on Derby itself but also the local area to it and I think that this was more interesting to me as it was more impactful.  I love social history and this book really highlighted what it would have been like during this time.

As with her other book, I found that the author allows the reader to step back in time and experience what it would have been like during this period and it is that touch that made me enjoy it so much.  The book was well researched and well written and I found it to be an easy read with a lovely flow, it moves effortlessly from section to section and from story to story.  As I said before the author clearly knows her topic and it really comes through with her writing.

It is 5 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended