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Wartime Farm accompanies the must-see 8-part BBC2 television series of the same name.

During World War Two Britain had to look to the land to provide the produce it had previously shipped in from abroad, meaning huge changes on both the agricultural and domestic scenes. Accompanying an 8-part BBC series and written by the three presenters who spend a year living on a reconstructed farm from the era, Wartime Farm sets these changes within a historical context and looks at the day-to-day life of that time. Exploring a fascinating chapter in Britain’s recent history, we see how our predecessors lived and thrived in difficult conditions with extreme frugality and ingenuity. From growing your own vegetables and keeping chickens in the back yard, to having to ‘make do and mend’, many of the challenges faced by wartime Britons have resonance today. Fascinating historical detail and atmospheric story-telling make this a truly compelling read.

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Wartime Farm
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January 24th, 2014
This book, written by three authors who are historian/archeologist/re-enactors, offers a different perspective than the usual recollections about World War II. British farmers performed an essential role in the defence of their nation from the Nazis. Without their hard work and sacrifice, Churchill would have had no choice but to capitulate to Hitler, for the British population would have starved. The book is written in a conversational style easy for readers from 12 and up to understand.
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