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The Second World War had a dramatic impact on Stoke Newington, Shoreditch and Hackney. This fascinating book tells the story of how six years of war affected the daily lives and living conditions of the people of the area. Jennifer Golden has drawn on wartime newspaper reports, graphic personal recollections and official records to recreate the special atmosphere of the time and to show how ordinary people reacted to the challenge represented by this remarkable period in Hackney's recent past. The story begins in the 1930s, at the time of the Munich crisis abroad and clashes between fascists and communists at home. It recalls the outbreak of hostilities, the organization of Civil Defence workers across the borough and the widespread destruction caused by the Blitz. From the realities of rationing through to vivid descriptions of the V1 and V2 missile attacks, and eventually the celebrations of VE and VJ days, this incredible narrative and collection of images pays tribute to the ordinary non-combatants - men, women and children - who displayed great reserves of endurance and courage throughout the conflict.