Betty's Wartime Diary 1939-1945

Betty's Wartime Diary 1939-1945

by Nicholas Ed. Webley (Editor)


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Betty Armitage, a seamstress and theatrical costumer who settled in Norfolk before the advent of World War II, kept a diary in which she described both the great and small events of living through a time that would forever change modern history. This unique record offers a woman's perspective on the crisis, and details the impact of the war on life in rural England. The Battle of Britain, the Blitz, and the arrival of the American forces are recorded against a backdrop of Armitage's country life-hunting pheasant for Christmas dinner, t<%END%>ing the garden, and expressing her colorful opinions of the Germans, Churchill, and the Yanks. This is a vivid, sometimes humorous, sometimes grim record of a unique time in British history, illustrated by photos, posters, and ephemera from the period.

Author Biography: Nicholas Webley is a journalist with a special interest in World War II who lives in Norfolk, England-very near Attleborough, where Betty Armitage lived and wrote her diary during the war. The diarist was a seamstress and theatrical costumer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753198667
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Reminiscence Ser.
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.92(d)

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Betty's Wartime Diary 1939-1945 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
miss_read on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating account of an ordinary woman's daily life in rural Norfolk during World War II. The only thing that lets it down is the editor's commentary - while it does help to put Betty's life in context in terms of the War, it isn't well-written and I found it distracting. But Betty's diary itself is wonderful.
etxgardener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have an obsession with tales of the British homefront during World War II, and this diary of a 60-year-old British woman living in Norfolk is wonderful. It is evidence of all the pluck and hard work demonstrated by the British people during the war.