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Forties’ Post

We look at many aspects of this pivotal decade, with stories from the home front and of those serving overseas, plus a comprehensive list of 1940s’ events and topical news, and reports from the re-enactment scene.

A Cause for Celebration? On 8 June 1946, George VI sent this message to every schoolchild in Britain: “To-day as we celebrate victory, I send this personal message to you and all other boys and girls at school. For you have shared in the hardships and dangers of a total war and you have shared no less in the triumph … Read more...
Hero in a Hurricane A young boy’s wartime idol. One day, when I was five, I asked a fighter pilot how the undercarriage on his Hurricane worked.“Be in the garden tomorrow and I will show you,” he said.The garden was of the Three Horseshoes pub in the village of Great Parndon, some eight miles from North Weald … Read more...
Bolthole to the Past Building an Anderson Shelter The story starts in November, 1953, when as a two-year-old, I moved into the ground floor flat of 50 Balham Park Road, in London. It was a narrow three-story Edwardian house with a long garden backing onto the railway embankment of the main line to Clapham Junction … Read more...
When the Ration Book Ruled! Life with wartime shortages. As a schoolboy, I was blissfully unaware of the significance of July 3rd, 1954; the day that marked the end of food rationing in Britain. For my parents it meant the end of 14 years of making do, or even doing without.The first item to be rationed was petrol in 1939, … Read more...