The UK Homefront

The Zepplin raids of the First World War placed the civilians of the UK on the frontline for the first time in warfare. By the Blitz of 1940, cities of Britain were as dangerous as any battlefield. This section describes the UK Homefront.

Devon at War

My home county of Devon in south-west England played its part during WW2. The counties two cities, Plymouth and Exeter were both heavily bombed during the ‘Baedeker Blitz’.

The region was also home to many US troops during the build-up to the Normandy D-Day, and was the country from which most of the US 101st Airborne Division embarked. Today there still remains much to remind a vistor of this. The 'Devon at War' section is a guide to visitors to this historic and pretty region.

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Barry at War

The area in which I live today played a part in the US build-up for the Normandy D-Day. Troops and supplies were landed at this S.Wales port, and thousands of GIs were camped in and around the area.

This section details the region and the key WW2 locations that were here, and many that can still be seen today.

The local history group 'Barry at War' specialise in preserving and promoting the region`s wartime heritage and have established the Glamorgan Wartime Heritage Centre at Barry Island Railway Station.

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GI Brides

It is estimated that around 70,000 British women married GIs. Some of these servicemen never returned from the battlefields of France. This section tells the story of real women and the GIs they married.

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Britain's Defences

Thousands of air raid shelters, gun batteries, airbases and all manner of civil defences were built between the late 30s and the mid 40s to defend the British Isles. Of these it is estimated that t only around 6000 are surviving today.

This NEW SECTION of the World at War website seeks to help show the different types of fortification, and with readers help, to develop a picture of where they can still be seen today.