From pre-war murmurings to post-war memorials, John Fidler’s engaging account of Lancaster in World War II draws on first-hand recollections, newspaper articles and museum resources to tell the tale of how the city fared with dignity and resilience in this most difficult of times.
“My dad was an engine driver – a reserved occupation – so my mother decided to ‘do her bit’ and went to work at Gillows, as a machinist. She made camouflage nets, tents and canvas coffins. Elsewhere in the factory, cutting blocks for Navy butchers, oak tables for RAF Officers’ Messes, and trestle tables for other ranks were made. Later, wings for the wooden Mosquito aircraft were produced.”
• A wonderful insight into the character of the people of Lancaster
• Perfect reading, whether for those old enough to remember, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the city
• A great stocking filler or extra birthday gift!
Author: John Fidler
Imprint: Palatine Books
Extent: 112 pages
Format: 234mm x 156mm
Illustrations: c. 50
Pub. date: 1 September 2018