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- DescriptionThese are the memories of wartime kids, Swansea children from a variety of backgrounds whose lives were dramatically changed by the brutal strategic planning and waging of war. War that sought to terrorise and demoralise Swansea's civilian population, threatening and destroying all that is sacred to a child's feeling of security. In a narrative that will take you back to the pre-war bustle of a placid seaside town, through the comparative tranquility of the Phoney War and on into the graphic barbarism of the Blitz, you'll discover what kids made of it all. Their individual memories, still graphic in their recall, will help in understanding how rich a contribution children's voices can make to recorded social history. Join them as they recall their terror. Understand how in the midst of their fear they were caught up in the excitement of the deadly night-time spectacle. Feel the tensions and share the action of the three nights' blitz when, one moonlit night in the winter of 1941, the Luftwaffe unleashed hell on the quiet, sw-dusted town. Then, when all the bombing was done, how things changed. The sudden arrival of a great number of American servicemen; what they meant to kids; the social upheaval they caused and their sudden, spectacular departure bound for the carnage of the beaches of Normandy and world-changing D-Day. Observant, candid, rich in detail and epic in its sweep, these are the memories of children who tell it all as it was.
- Author BiographyJim Owen was born in Swansea in 1938, and was educated at Bishop Gore Grammar School. After graduating in chemistry, he worked as a research chemist at Unilever before switching to educational psychology. He retired from his position as Senior Education Officer with the TAFE Commission (NSW, Australia) in 2001. Jim is the author of several books, though this is his first on his hometown.
- Author(s)Jim Owen
- PublisherAmberley Publishing
- Date of Publication15/08/2014
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationChalford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAmberley Publishing
- Content Note20
- Width165 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine8 mm
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