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The Peoples War
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The Peoples War edited by Alan Thomas

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The Peoples War

The Peoples War is not a caving book per se, though it has a link with caving and contains some spelohistory. The book was edited by the late Alan Thomas and published in hardback in 1994 as a collection of memories of 'ordinary people'. Alan was a caver and also the author and editor of The Story of Priddy and The Last Adventure, both available from Wild Places, and after his death many of his imprint titles from Ina Books came to Wild Places. It appears that The Peoples War is not well known, but it deserves to be as the stories are first-hand as written by the men and women who lived through the war years.

The book contains tales written by 22 people, including Alan himself and Colin Hodgkinson, who is inextricably linked with Wookey Hole showcave and briefly mentions the time during which his father designed and developed the complex. These are accounts of people surviving the blitz, of following orders to bomb targets, of being shot down while training and waking up to find yur leg has been amputated, or being captured and spending the war as a German prisoner. These are real-life tales and for anyone interested in military history, The Peoples War will repay reading. 

Authors are, in order of writing:

  • Doris Humphries - The Blitz on Bristol
  • Alan Thomas - Operation Pluto
  • Ray Hole - Explosion in Bombay
  • Ivy Noble - Bristol During the Blitz
  • Reg Cork - Killer Ferguson
  • D.A. Holland - The Sinking of the Lancastria
  • Jan Bortkiewiz - A Polish Refugee
  • Donald Vincent - The Foggia Forty Four
  • Douglas Davis - Desert Interlude
  • C. Warner - The Twenty Five Pounder Gun, the Italian Gun and the Xmas Mince Pies (three stories)
  • John Rigby - Chamber Pots and Hand Grenades
  • Sqdn Ldr Dickie Levan DFC, DFM - Blenheims to Malta
  • Ron Bailey - Reminiscences of 1939-46
  • Frank Adams - The Tank that Wore a Shirt
  • Mick Brown - The Horser Bridge
  • Cliff Latchem - The Trip to the Bristol Blitz
  • Don Tunstall - One Man's War
  • Austin C. Harris - "D" Day
  • Joseph Agius - Malta in World War Two
  • Colin Hodgkinson - Fifty Years On
  • Alan Thomas - The Liberation of Sainte-Maire-Eglise
  • Wally Williams - Rain, Mud and Blood
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Alan Thomas (editor)
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