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Name Air Sea Rescue, issued for the Air Ministry
Air Sea Rescue, issued for the Air Ministry
Category Defence in the Air
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Jun/1942
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Price£2.49
DescriptionThis book gives the story of the important role played by Britain's Air-Sea Rescue Services during the Second World War. It provides the reader with an insight into the dangers that R.A.F. personnel faced when the need arose to ditch their craft. The training and equipment are described and this is illustrated with real stories of rescues with both happy and tragic endings.
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Name Assurance of Victory
Assurance of Victory
Category Strategy prior to War
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For none
Published Dec/1939
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Price£2.49
DescriptionThis book was issued at the beginning of the second world war to explain why the nations were at war, how the sides were lined up and the expectations of the outcome at the time for public consumption.
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Name Atlantic Bridge, The Official Account of R.A.F Transport Commands Ocean Ferry
Atlantic Bridge, The Official Account of R.A.F Transport Commands Ocean Ferry
Category Merchant Seamen
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Feb/1945
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Price£3.49
DescriptionThis book described the story of the people and organisation that was created early in world war II to bring newly created aircraft from the United States and Canada across the Atlantic into the European and African theatres to support the Allies. It begins with the new Atlantic Ferry organisation putting out a call to all commercial pilots and navigators to volunteer for service while the RAF is already busy in the Battle of Britain. This later becomes the RAF Ferry Command. Enormous effort was expended by many brave pilots to fly long and dangerous journeys with equal efforts by the engineers required to build airways, support services across America, South America and Africa to get the services the equipment needed for the North African and European campaigns.
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Name Bomber Command Continues. The Air Ministry Account of the Rising Offensive against Germany. July 1941 - June 1942
Bomber Command Continues. The Air Ministry Account of the Rising Offensive against Germany. July 1941 - June 1942
Category Action in the Air
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Aug/1942
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThis book describes the actions of Bomber Command during the period between July 1941 and June 1942. It starts by providing human stories of real raids and the real efforts expended by aircraft factories in the home front. Activities after the entry of the Russians into the war include support for the Battle of the Atlantic with the flee of the 'Scharnhorst/Gneisenau' from Brest and the attacks on the Wilhelmshaven and Emden naval bases. Further activity in support of Russia is described including the raids on Augsburg, Berlin, Herdla and Poissy. Great effort in described in the preparations of the British factories for the enormous 1000 bomber raids that were to come. The raids on Cologne are described and the expected damage to the morale of the German people as a consequence.
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Name Build the Ships, The Official Story of the Shipyards in Wartime
Build the Ships, The Official Story of the Shipyards in Wartime
Category Production at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Admiralty
Published Feb/1946
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Price£3.99
DescriptionThis book gives the story of how Britain's Shipyards managed to carry out such amazing work during World War Two in building new ships and fixing damaged ones. The industry was rejuvenated after the slump prior to the war and managed enormous effects whilst training new people from all other walks of life to replace skilled workers including women coming into the shipyards for the first time.
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Name By Air to Battle. The official account of the British Airborne Divisions
By Air to Battle. The official account of the British Airborne Divisions
Category Action in the Air
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Oct/1945
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Name His Majesty's Submarines
His Majesty's Submarines
Category Action at Sea
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Admiralty
Published Jul/1945
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Price£3.50
DescriptionThis book provides a description of all aspects of submarine warfare carried out by Great Britain during World War Two. It describes the specific weapons of war along with the tactics and men that sailed with them. It gives detailed events within all the theatres of activity to illustrate the bravery and sacrifice of these men.
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Name How Hitler Made The War
How Hitler Made The War
Category Strategy prior to War
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For none
Published Nov/1939
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Price£2.49
Descriptionhis book tells the inner story as told in the Foreign Office telegrams and documents abridged from the Blue Book and Sir Nevile Henderson's Final Report from the Prague crisis of March 1939 to the outbreak of the war on the 3rd September 1939.
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Name How to Keep Well in Wartime. (H.A. Clegg)
How to Keep Well in Wartime. (H.A. Clegg)
Category Medical at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Ministry Of Health
Published Feb/1943
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Price£1.99
DescriptionIn this little book Dr. Clegg has set out the simple safeguards, the common sense rules, and the good habits which we can make part and parcel of our daily lives. By doing so we shall both help ourselves to health and help to keep the nation fighting fit - Ernest Brown, Minister of Health.
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Name Life Blood, The Official Account of the Transfusion Services
Life Blood, The Official Account of the Transfusion Services
Category Services at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Ministry Of Health
Published Mar/1945
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Price£2.49
DescriptionThis book describes the Transfusion Services during the Second World War and was written at the time to show the British public why it was so important for the country to donate blood. It gives encouragement to the public when it says, "Before this world war is over, many thousands more must make their gift of blood. One out of every ten men wounded will need blood given by civilians in Britain; and thousands of lives will be saved."
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Name Make Do And Mend
Make Do And Mend
Category Rationing at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Board Of Trade
Published Sep/1943
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThe Board of Trade Make Do and Mend campaign is intended to help you to get the last possible ounce of wear out of all your clothes and household things. This booklet is part of that campaign, and deals chiefly with clothes and household linen.
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Name Manpower, The Story of Britain's Mobilisation for War
Manpower, The Story of Britain's Mobilisation for War
Category Production at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For none
Published May/1944
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThis book describes how Britain's workforce was tranformed to match the requirements of a war-time economy. It describes how emergency legistration was enacted to effectively make Britain into a form of man-power dictatorship to allow the workforce to be fully controlled to use the people in the most efficient way for the needs of the country. It was carried out with full agreement of all parties including the Unions in a way that attempted to fit into the existing democratic principles of the country in regard to fairness, welfare and wages. An open-ended regulation, number 58A, allowed for any number of future statutary orders to be issued to control any aspects of man-power in any way that the government wished.
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Name Meet The U.S. Army
Meet The U.S. Army
Category Education Reference
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Board Of Education
Published Jul/1943
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Price£2.49
DescriptionThe AMERICAN SOLDIER, like the British, is a civilian in uniform, not a professional fighting man. This pamphlet sets out to give the minimum background information on which an understanding of these soldiers needs to be based and is accompanied by eight pages of photographs illustrating various activities of the U.S. Army as well as some of the aircraft and other equipment which it has introduced to this country.
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Name Over to You, New Broadcasts by the R.A.F.
Over to You, New Broadcasts by the R.A.F.
Category Air Reference
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For none
Published Dec/1943
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThe legendary days of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain; the winged victory in North Africa; fighter sweeps over France; bomber sorties to Germany and Italy; night fighting, train-busting, intruder operations; the work of Ferry Command and the training of pilots in Canada; the remorseless harrying of U-boats; the adventures of air crews forced down in ocean or desert - these are the subjects of 'Over to you', a collection of stories chosen from over 900 broadcasts given by R. A. F. officers and airmen between March 1942 and May 1943. 'Over to you' is a companion volume to an earlier book of broadcasts by the R. A. F., 'We Speak from the Air'
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Name The Army At War. Highland Division
The Army At War. Highland Division
Category Action on Land
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For War Office
Published Aug/1942
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThis book charts the progress of the 51st Highland Division in France during 1940 from their initial deployment on the Maginot Line in the east of France, their move west to join the main Battle of France and finally the eventual surrender of two of the three Brigades at St Valéry-en-Caux. They were much admired by General De Gaulle who said on 20th June 1942 at Edinburth. 'I can tell you that the comradeship in arms experienced on the battlefield of Abbeville in May and June 1940 between the French Armoured Division, which I had the honour to command, and the valiant 51st Highland Division under General Fortune, played its part in the decision which I took to continue fighting on the side of the Allies unto the end no matter what may be the course of events'.
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Name The Army at War. The Campaign in Greece and Crete. (David Garnett)
The Army at War. The Campaign in Greece and Crete. (David Garnett)
Category Action on Land
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For War Office
Published Dec/1942
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThe campaign described in this book will occupy a proud place in the story of the British and Imperial armies' exploits in this war. The introductory chapter explains on what grounds - of national honour as well as long-term strategy - the decision to support the Greeks was taken, and the remaining chapters describe in detail the heroic rearguard action, first down the length of the Greek peninsula and then across the mountains of Crete, in which the campaign for the most part consisted.
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Name The Army At War. The Defence of Calais. (Erik Linklater)
The Army At War. The Defence of Calais. (Erik Linklater)
Category Action on Land
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For War Office
Published Dec/1941
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Price£1.99
DescriptionThis is an interim report. The whole story of the defence of Calais will never be told, because much of it was enacted by little groups of men who, with no witness but the enemy, fought till they were killed. But many survived the action and are now prisoners of war. Some day they will tell, more fully and more accurately than I have done, the story of Calais.
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Name The Army At War. The Destruction of an Army. The First Campaign in Libya. Sept 1940-Feb 1941
The Army At War. The Destruction of an Army. The First Campaign in Libya. Sept 1940-Feb 1941
Category Action on Land
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For War Office
Published Jan/1942
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Price£3.49
DescriptionThe campaign described in this book was the first example of a desert war between two fully mechanised armies. The nature of the country presented special problems - great distances, lack of water, and absence of cover - but its very size and featurelessness offered the fullest advantages to the army possessing superior mobility. This book will help you to understand the course of the campaign itself, and the conditions in which it was fought among the gigantic background of desert. The maps have been coloured to make them clearer.
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Name The Army At War. The Northern Garrisons. (By Eric Linklater)
The Army At War. The Northern Garrisons. (By Eric Linklater)
Category Action on Land
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For War Office
Published Aug/1941
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Price£1.99
DescriptionThis book describes the authors visit to the northern island ports of Orkney, Shetlands, The Faeroes and Iceland and in doing so highlights the significance of these garrisons to the overall strategy of the Battle of the Atlantic. It provides a good indication of the nature of Iceland, the daily lives of the garrisoned men, the character of the local people and how the occupation of Iceland effected the country. It also shows a distinction between the Soldiers who played a critical role in preventing invasion but are desperate to see the enemy, as against the RAF who providing an obvious direct assistance to the convoys and thus invaluable service to the Battle of the Atlantic.
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Name The Army at War. They sought Out Rommel. A Diary of the Libyan Campaign
The Army at War. They sought Out Rommel. A Diary of the Libyan Campaign
Category Action on Land
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For War Office
Published Jun/1942
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThis book is a diary, kept from Nov. 16th to Dec. 31st, 1941, by a Public Relations Officer whose job it was to conduct a party of newspaper correspondents into battle. It includes some maps to illustrate the phases which have been enhanced with colour to make them clearer. One of his party writes: 'I saw' are fine words for the newspaper man ... This time we certainly saw ...; saw Rommel's tank force charging our positions at Sidi Omar and destroyed by a handful of British gunners; saw thousands of vehicles charging into Libya like destroyers in smoke-screens; saw the link with Tobruk decisively established, saw the Poles beginning to redress their wrongs; saw the Indian Brigade chase the enemy fifty miles in one day; saw the shambles on Derna aerodrome; saw the entry into Benghazi. And that our little party of war correspondents was able to see what watching civilisation so hungrily desired to read was largely due to the zeal, foresight, courage and energy of our conducting officer, Captain Sean Fielding of the Green Howards, the writer of this diary.
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Name The Battle of Britain, An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days from 8th August - 31st October 1940. Corrected version
The Battle of Britain, An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days from 8th August - 31st October 1940. Corrected version
Category Defence in the Air
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Apr/1941
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Price£1.99
DescriptionThis book was provided to describe the great success of the Battle of Britiain to the British public. It describes the battle through its four phases from the 8th August to 31st October. It gives a good summary of the aeroplanes in the battle and the objectives and strategy of the Germans as well as the strategy of the defenders.
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Name The Battle of Britain, An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days from 8th August - 31st October 1940. Illustrated
The Battle of Britain, An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days from 8th August - 31st October 1940. Illustrated
Category Defence in the Air
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Apr/1941
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThis illustrated book was provided to describe the great success of the Battle of Britain to the British public. The maps have been enhanced from the original by adding colour. It describes the battle through its four phases from the 8th August to 31st October. It gives a good summary of the aeroplanes in the battle and the objectives and strategy of the Germans as well as the strategy of the defenders.
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Name The Little Less… And How Much It Is
The Little Less… And How Much It Is
Category Rationing at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For none
Published Dec/1941
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Price£2.49
DescriptionWar brings many changes. It has even changed the familiar quotation, "The little more and how much it is." To-day we must all make do with the little less. And how much that is (or would be if each one of us played his part) in terms of ships and shells, machine-power and man-power gained for the war effort, Mr. Reed and Fougasse are going to show you.
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Name The Mediterranean Fleet, Greece to Tripoli. The Admiralty Account of Naval Operations: April 1941 to January 1943
The Mediterranean Fleet, Greece to Tripoli. The Admiralty Account of Naval Operations: April 1941 to January 1943
Category Action at Sea
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Admiralty
Published Sep/1944
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Price£3.99
DescriptionThis book continues the story of the Royal Navy begun in 'East of Malta, West of Suez'. It opens in April, 1941. The Italian Fleet was then greatly weakened by the losses inflicted at Taranto and Matapan, but this did not deter the Germans from proceeding with their plan to capture Suez aud dominate the entire Mediterranean. During the next eighteen months the Navy, although never ceasing to attack the enemy supply lines to Libya, fought on the defensive and against heavy odds. The withdrawals from Greece and Crete, the supplying of the armies in the desert and of the besieged garrisons of Tobruk and Malta, were its main tasks in a situation which became steadily more serious until, in October, 1942, the Allied forces were strong enough to take the initiative and begin the advance that eventually drove the enemy from Africa. The story concludes in January, 1943, when Tripoli fell into our hands and the Navy again assumed command of the great supply route through the Mediterranean.
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Name There's Freedom in the Air. The Official Story of the Allied forces from the Occupied Countries
There's Freedom in the Air. The Official Story of the Allied forces from the Occupied Countries
Category Action in the Air
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For none
Published Mar/1944
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Price£2.99
DescriptionThis book tells the stirring and ennobling story of the achievements of our European Allies flying and fighting side by side with the Royal Air Force. One by one their countries have been seized, their liberties destroyed, their governments driven into exile or suborned; but neither the blandishments nor the oppression of the Nazis could break the spirit of the people.
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Name We Speak from the Air. (Broadcasts by the R.A.F.)
We Speak from the Air. (Broadcasts by the R.A.F.)
Category Air Reference
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Air Ministry
Published Mar/1942
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Price£2.49
DescriptionMen of the R.A.F. describe their own experiences in their own words. These accounts of operations over Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Britain, Norway, ltaly, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Atlantic give us the human stories behind the official communiqués, and show us the great range and effectiveness of our Air Power. The narratives are selected from over 280 broadcasts, given anonymously by the R.A.F. and W.A.A.F. during 1941
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Name When Your Baby Is Coming
When Your Baby Is Coming
Category Medical at Home
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Ministry Of Health
Published Sep/1943
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Price£1.99
Description"I believe in more children, in the proper feeding and rearing of children - a job which starts with the care of the expectant mother," said Dr. Charles Hill (the wartime "Radio Doctor") in a recent series of broadcast talks, one of which is reproduced here.
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Name Your Baby's Food In War time (The First Year). From the Ministry of Food's Kitchen Front Broadcasts
Your Baby's Food In War time (The First Year). From the Ministry of Food's Kitchen Front Broadcasts
Category Advise of WarTime Food
Issued By Ministry Of Information
Issued For Ministry Of Food
Published Feb/1942
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Price£2.49
DescriptionYour baby’s food in war time - this was the subject of a series of popular talks. given by Dr. Charles Hill in the 'Kitchen Front' broadcasts. Dr. Hill tells you, in a simple, human way, about the expectant mother’s diet, breast-feeding and bottle-feeding, weaning, and the importance of vitamins A, B, C and D for your growing baby. Mothers will welcome this handy reprint of the talks, which show how baby’s first year - though it is a war time one - can be happy and healthy.