Doing their Bit: Home Front Lapel Badges, 1939-1945 was originally self published in 1996. Sabrestorm Publishing's version is a fully updated and expanded 280-page hardcover second edition. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs of over 600 original wartime lapel badges plus ephemera from the period. It records the wartime history of over 200 organisations and should be on the shelves of anyone with an interest in the history of wartime Britain.
The Second World War, often described as a "People's War", was the first time civilians played a major part in Britain's war effort. New emergency services created before the war to help those suffering loss and damage were joined by the Home Guard as Britain faced invasion in the summer of 1940 and new organisations formed to deal with unexploded bombs and the homeless caused by nightly air raids in 1940. Major air attacks ceased in 1941 but food was rationed, daily essentials scarce and Britons of all ages expected to do wartime duty in addition to their day job.
Books on badges do not come any better than this one-clear informative text, brilliant layout, superb illustration and really easy to use. The book can also be held up as an example of how lapel badges have a story to tell and are small nuggets of social history. Indeed you do not have to be a badge collector to enjoy this work, anyone with an interest in the Home Front will be fascinated by the story and especially impressed by the level of detail that Jon incorporates.