Author Jeff Wilson describes himself as a former soldier, engineer, and college lecturer. He lives at Distington, Cumbria in a 19th century sea captain's house overlooking the Solway Firth.
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During WW2 the Cumbrian Landscape changed dramatically. Roadblocks, pillboxes, bombing decoys, anti tank traps, ammunition dumps, coastal batteries, and radar stations were built. Concrete became an essential material.
The people of West Cumberland changed also. Women were employed in producing parachutes, uniforms, and cosmetics in Whitehaven. Trailers and aero-engine parts were manufactured at Distington. In Workington, khaki cloth and radar valves were made. Jam, shoes, and buttons were manufactured in Maryport.
New words were added to Cumbrian vocabularies, such as snook, spam, dried egg, ARP Auxiliary Firemen, observers, Home Guard, and ration books.
Dramatic incidents were common. Many are contained in this book. One example is three fascists who escaped and were set adrift on the Solway Firth. Others include the crash of a giant bomber, the blitz of Maryport, and a brave air cadet rescuing a pilot from a burning plane.
West Cumberland at War
Publisher: Bellevue Studios
Workington. Cumbria. CA14 4PU.
97 pages/200 photos.
ISBN: 0 9534645 0 4