Our Land at War: A Portrait of Rural Britain 1939–45

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A rich account of the impact of the Second World War on the lives of people living in the farms and villages of Britain.

On the outbreak of war, the countryside was invaded by service personnel and evacuee children by the thousand; land was taken arbitrarily for airfields, training grounds and firing ranges, and whole communities were evicted. Prisoner-of-war camps brought captured enemy soldiers to close quarters, and as horses gave way to tractors and combines farmers were burdened with aggressive new restrictions on what they could and could not grow. Land Girls and Lumber Jills worked in fields and forests. Food – or the lack of it – was a major preoccupation and rationing strictly enforced. And although rabbits were poached, apples scrumped and mushrooms gathered, there was still not enough to eat.

Drawing from diaries, letters, books, official records and interviews, Duff Hart Davis revisits rural Britain to describe how ordinary people survived the war years. He tells of houses turned over to military use such as Bletchley and RAF Medmenham as well as those that became schools, notably Chatsworth in Derbyshire.

Combining both hardship and farce, the book examines the profound changes war brought to Britain’s countryside: from the Home Guard, struggling with the provision of ludicrous equipment, to the role of the XII Corps Observation Unit. whose task was to enlarge rabbit warrens and badger setts into bunkers for harassing the enemy in the event of a German invasion; to the unexpected tenderness shown by many to German and Italian prisoners-of-war at work on the land. Fascinating, sad and at times hilarious, this warm-hearted book tells great stories – and casts new light on Britain during the war.

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Duff Hart-Davis has written and edited over fifty books on a wide variety of subjects, including eight adventure novels. He has ghosted numerous military memoirs, as well as Chris Ryan’s first two bestselling novels. He worked on the Sunday Telegraph as Literary Editor and feature writer and as a columnist for the Independent. Together with his wife, Phyllida, he now lives on the Cotswold escarpment.

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‘A charming, endlessly fascinating account’ 4*, Mail on Sunday

‘In 1939 this blessed soil and those who farmed it became a vital weapon of war. The transformation and its consequences are described in this wonderful book that chronicles the stamina, doggedness and versatility of countrymen and women who strove to help Britain win the war. A beautifully written, wise and illuminating portrait of the countryside at war’ Times

‘A compelling portrait. Beautifully written ... Hart-Davis has captured a profoundly moving and pivotal moment in the history of the British landscape’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Duff Hart-Davis is steeped in country pursuits, and his latest book is an enchanting, informed, respectful and often amusing account of the rural Britain that he loves. He engagingly shows how profoundly the countryside underpinned the war effort’ Juliet Gardiner, BBC History magazine

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