Reading at War 1939 – 45

Reading at War 1939 – 45 written by David Bilton and published by Pen and Sword.

This book is a thicker book than most in the series, but then this is no surprise when you consider how close Reading is to London, it would have had to deal with similar build up and going through war process as London being located close to the Thames. Reading received much government support due to it being industrially important for the war effort and being so close to London. But the book shows that the community still had to cope even with ‘local’ matters just like any other town. This little all the other books in the series has fascinating bits of information, for instance this book shows the details for what to do out in a blackout and a poem about life in the blitz.

I’ve found with this book in particular, it was like reading from the local paper as it had all the quirky and odd bits of information you’d find in a local newspaper. But yet again in this series it is very well written by a top notch writer. It’s hard for me to fault these books because they very well written and as a fan of local history, I love these. It was nice to ready such a weighty book pack with good reading which is complemented with a wide array of photos, pictures and diagrams. I would happily recommend this to anyone especially if you love good local history.


Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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