War Hammers II, the sequel to the fascinating story of the club during the First World War, looks at the achievements and developments of the Upton Park heroes throughout the Second World War. West Ham United was forced to adapt in the dark days of the 1940s, building the outlook and approach that would eventually give rise to the club's most successful period, and establishing a culture of style and support that is still present today.
Exploring the power, politics and intrigue of wartime football, a detailed account is given of the Irons' 1940 War Cup victory and of those who played for the club between 1939 and 1945.
Author Brian Belton includes huge global events and many local incidents within the context of the club's history, to create a book that is sure to fascinate and entertain football fans and historians alike.
Brian Beltonis author of around 70 books, including titles on sport, soccer, and in particular West Ham. After a youth career on the cusp of crime and oblivion he became a youth worker, gaining professional qualifications, which were followed by a BSc, Masters degree, and PhD. He now teaches and lectures all over the UK and is heavily involved in the Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust, as their heritage and historical advisor."