This fascinating wartime social history accounts the establishment and use of Air Raid shelters in Britain during the Blitz of World War II.
Chapters cover the nature and locations of the raids, the diversity of shelters and the ‘culture’ and nostalgia of shelter life. The author looks at contemporary developments such as urban archeology, and collecting as well as the design of shelters including public shelters, and the Anderson air raid shelters in people gardens.
The book includes a wealth of material collected from people who experienced shelter life.
Much of this material covers regional accounts of major wartime events and mainly looks at the following cities: London Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool, Plymouth and Coventry.
As well as first hand accounts the author uses many different primary sources to tell this history including memoirs, official publications and general historical works.
Stephen Wade is a military and crime history specialist.
A writer-in-residence at several prisons, his recent books for Pen & Sword included DNA Investigations and Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors. He has also written about military intelligence in the Zulu War, Spies in the Empire and Queen Victoria’s Spymaster.