SHEFFIELD IN THE GREAT WAR


SHEFFIELD IN THE GREAT WAR

PETER WARR    Book Number: 85173    Product format: Paperback

At the time of writing it is almost the centenary of Armistice Day ? this book is part of a series from specialist military publishers Pen and Sword that commemorates the Great War one hundred years on. In 1914 Sheffield had a population of 500,000, one of our biggest cities and a tradition of steelmaking gave it the special position of "Armourer of the Empire" - but how was it supposed to meet the huge and exponentially growing demand for weapons and equipment when over half its workforce had departed to fight? How Sheffield managed it is the subject of this book - the city's response and the immense changes that were necessary. Told against the background of national and international events and employing over 150 b/w photos plus other illus and new research unearthing previously unreported facts, we see women taking over men's jobs and a working week that was long and arduous. Over 30 new hospitals were built to cope with the wounds, sickness and shell-shock of returning servicemen. There was also a Zeppelin raid on 25 September 1916 and anti-German riots made the life of the undermanned police force even more difficult. There were also morale-boosting visits from King George and Emmeline Pankhurst and the city took in thousands of Belgian refugees who were warmly welcomed. Some 50,000 men from Sheffield fought on the various fronts - over 6,000 were killed and a similar number disabled or mutilated. 272pp softback.
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ISBN 9781783036417
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