Leicester Oral History Archive
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Summary of interview item: World War II. Compilation of interview extracts recalling various aspects of the Home Front in Leicester during the Second World War. The out break of war in 1939, conscientious objectors, gas and bombing precautions, and the Home Guard are recalled. Evacuees to Leicester, the effects of conscription, details of rationing and the effects this had, including the consequences for shops and growing vegetables, are described. Different types of women's war work are detailed including factory work and the Land Army. The bombing of Leicester on 19th November 1940 is described from a number of perspectives. The community spirit, increase in crime, including the rise in prostitution, and the presence of American troops (GIs) are described. The end of the war in 1945 and the Victory in Europe (VE) celebrations are recalled along with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. Contributors to this compilation are: R. Martin, C. Martin, P. Calow, A. Granger, F. Shelvey, M. Pepper, J. Joiner, A. Hannah, E. Brown, Mr and Mrs Falkner, W. Clarke, R. Lowe, C. Manger, O. Rudkin, V. McAlister, D. Dickens, F. Dangerfield, C. Tebbutt, V. Hall, R Hopkins, E. Tansley, K. Seaton, P. Goddard.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 59 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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