Cultybraggan: A Scottish WW2 PoW Camp

In a beautiful and scenic area of Perthshire, Scotland, between the Aberuchill Hills and the Water of Ruchill, is Cultybraggan PoW camp, known as Camp 21. Initially built in 1941, it was probably intended to be an army camp but instead became a camp for captured Italians. These Italians prisoners were used to supply manpower... Continue Reading →

1940: A Blitz Christmas

Keep Calm and Carry On! This could not be more appropriate when describing what became known as 'Blitzmas'. In December 1940, Hitler's Luftwaffe was doing its best to wipe British cities off the map. But the British public were having none of it and were determined to have the best possible holiday they could. Time... Continue Reading →

New Release from Betty Walker

WARTIME WITH THE CORNISH GIRLS (Avon Books UK) 1941. The Blitz rages over London. And even in Cornwall, the war is being fought.... When Violet loses her sister in the Blitz, she must take her nieces to safety in Cornwall. On the coast, she meets carefree chorus girl Eva, who is also running from the... Continue Reading →

Going to the Flicks in 1941

Like most young people in the forties, my heroine, Sarah Gillespie, in Her Secret War, is obsessed with cinema and spends all of her hard-earned, but meagre wages, on film tickets and cinema magazines such as Picturegoer Weekly. The world she sees on the silver screen is very different to her life and feeds her... Continue Reading →

WW2: The Southampton Blitz

It is often the children who are most affected by war and WW2 was no exception. A poignant example of the terror experienced by a child is a quote from a young girl who survived the Southampton Blitzkrieg. “There must have been some sort of warning before the sirens and when the barrage balloons went... Continue Reading →

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