The British Home Front Pocket-Book

The British Home Front Pocket-Book cover

The British Home Front Pocket-Book

In stock


A revealing and charming pocket book capturing the reality of civilian life during the war.

In June 1940, following the BEF's scrambled evacuation from Dunkirk, the Second World War was brought home to Britain. As the Luftwaffe initiated their bombing campaigns and the threat of invasion grew daily, civilians were urged to play their part in the war effort, and take responsibility for their own survival.

Many pamphlets and leaflets were issued with information and advice on a diverse range of subjects, from how to put on a gas mask, to how to build a bomb shelter and what to do in the event of an air raid, as Britain braced herself for a protracted conflict, literally on the front line, fighting alone.

The literature drawn together for this evocative pocket-book captures the reality of civilian life during the Battle of Britain.

Table of Contents


1 Rationing
Ration Dinners
Clothing Coupon Quiz

2 Evacuation
Evacuation Why and How?
War Time Play Schemes for Children
Notes and Suggestions on Clothing

3 Conscription
The C.O. The Tribunal and After

4 Air Raids
Your Home as an Air Raid Shelter
A.R.P. at Home: Hints for Housewives
After the Raid

5 Radio & Cinema
The Duty of the Citizen in Home
Defence, Radio Broadcast
Britain at Bay, Film Script and List of Shots

6 Work
On Your Way to the New Job
Welcome the War Worker
Going Away on War Work
Traffic-Queues: Statutory Rules and Orders No. 517

7 Invasion
Stay Where You Are


Product details

Published Oct 25 2022
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 160
ISBN 9781472859136
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 180 x 120 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Brian Lavery

Brian Lavery is one of Britain's leading naval his…


Book Vote

Tell us what titles you would like to see published by Osprey, then vote for your favourites in our monthly book vote!

Related Titles

Sign up for Osprey membership for access to thousands of plane profiles, maps, battle scenes and more. Plus up to 30% off website purchases