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Doing Their Bit


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Foreword to the Second Edition 5 Thomas Fattorini 'Brilliant enamel badges...' 7 Introduction 21 Twice a Citizen The Reserve Forces 25 We must be Prepared ARP and Civil Defence 33 Production must be maintained Industrial ARP 43 Have you chosen your job yet? National Service 57 The attack begins in the factory The Royal Ordnance Factories 65 Fall in the fire bomb fighters The Fire Services 75 In the Office of Constable The Police 83 H Especially suited to Women The Ambulance Service 91 ...and not a single patient The Medical and Hospital Services 97 If you are bombed out The Post-Raid Services 105 The Ladies in green The Women's Voluntary Services 113 Forewarned is Forearmed The Royal Observer Corps 119 If the Invader comes The Home Guard and Invasion Defence 125 United against Axis tyranny Overseas Forces' Welfare 137 Humanity keeps an appointment The Red Cross and St John's 145 For Men on Active Service Service Welfare 153 Twice the number of human beings Animals at War 167 John Bull pulls in his belt Food and Salvage 173 Back the Great Attack The National Savings Movement 181 Sing with ENSA! Entertainment and the Media 191 Lend a hand on the Land The Agricultural War Effort 199 Citizenship through training Youth Organisations 205 Is your journey really necessary? The Transport Industry 217 Carrying On Recent Discoveries 227 Appendix and Select Bibliography 265 Index 273

About the Author

Jon Mills is an author, researcher and collector specialising in the Second World War British Home Front. His interest in the period was sparked by family tales of his air raid warden grandfather, his father in the Home Guard and his mother who issued ration books and identity cards. A collector of wartime memorabilia for some fifty years, Jon is the author and publisher of the series Within the Island Fortress, an in-depth look at the insignia and ephemera of Britain's civilian war effort. The co-author of two wartime histories of the London Borough of Wandsworth where he was brought up, Jon is a regular contributor to military and family history magazines. For Sabrestorm Jon has written Utility Furniture a guide to the 1943 Utility furniture catalogue. Jon is editor of The Formation Sign, journal of the Military Heraldry Society whose members are supporting him in his next project, Badges on Battledress, an illustrated history of the cloth insignia worn by the British Armed forces from 1939 to1967. Originally a librarian, Jon worked for local authorities before providing information and records management to the property industry. Married with four grandchildren, Jon lives in Kent.

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