The Great War was the first in our history to have a deep impact on every aspect of civilian life. In an overdue attempt to portray the real effect of the War on life at home, David Bilton examines all the major events of the period and charts their effect on everyday life for those trying to live a normal existence. Examples are the air raids by Zeppelins and aircraft, rationing and shortages, recruitment, changes in employment habits, censorship. Extensive use is made of personal accounts and the author draws on many photographs, newspaper and magazine material and ephemera to make this very informative and atmospheric.
The author has written 'The Hull Pals' which was critically acclaimed and was used for reference for the BBC2 series 'The Trench'. Since writing the book the author has been involved with a number of other TV productions and has been the pre-production researcher for a future Great War television project for the BBC.