Halifax in the Great War -

Halifax in the Great War



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Halifax was surprised by the outbreak of war in August 1914 but within days the public mood had turned into a staggering display of unified support. Voluntary fund raising organizations sprang up and bore witness to an incredible self-help ethic that supported the troops at the front, their dependent families at home and the returning wounded. People came to fear the Zeppelins, were forced to retrieve their children from German naval guns in Scarborough and read with horror the stories of local lads gassed at the front. Residents of German descent found themselves in difficult situations, and Belgian refugees were offered sanctuary. Struggling local industry was revitalized by government orders for Khaki cloth, machine tools and munitions. Halifax can claim to have contributed many interesting technological items such as bomb release mechanisms, flame projectors and Tommy's iconic bowl shaped steel helmet. Women were increasingly employed in traditional male occupations. In 1917 the food crisis fermented tensions, but at the end of 1918 there was triumph of a sort. AUTHOR: David Millichope was a school teacher and later photographer. In 2010 he successfully completed the MA course at the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is founder member and chair of the Halifax Great War Heritage Society whose members have provided research and support for the publication. The Society was set up to mark the Centenary of the Great War in Halifax.

Product code: 9781783831210

ISBN 9781783831210
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 296
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
A case history of how the Great War impacted on the communities of Halifax and its surrounding districts. It Covers many themes including voluntary recruitment, how the home front supported soldiers,hospitals, the transformation of industry, conscription and tribunals, the role of women, the crisis of 1917, and the final triumph of 1918.