The Home Front

The Home Front

It would be hard to imagine a book that resonates more with today’s uncertain times than Clive Hardy’s latest nostalgia offering – The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. The unshakeable spirit of a kingdom facing unparalleled challenge shines through Hardy’s highly...
Rock The Cradle

Rock The Cradle

A remarkable story of human dignity and courage in the face of the most appalling oppression and suffering is about to be unveiled in Manchester. It is the lost journal of Marie Paneth who taught art therapy to the orphans of Auschwitz in the North West immediately...
Liverpool’s Home Guard

Liverpool’s Home Guard

On the evening of Tuesday May 14th 1940, newly appointed Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden made a vital appeal to the nation. He spoke gravely on the BBC of the German invasion of France and the Low Countries. It was a new way of fighting – and it was not going...
Tommy Handley

Tommy Handley

Liverpool entertainer Tommy Handley was so popular during the Second World War that the whole nation stopped to listen to his radio programme. In fact, a member of the Royal Household said if the war were to end between 8.30 and 9.00pm on a Thursday evening, no-one...
D-Day

D-Day

The announcement everyone was waiting for arrived in Manchester over a makeshift tannoy at the Army Equipment exhibition in Manchester. Soldiers and civilians alike craned their heads towards the loudspeaker which suddenly crackled into life. A monotone voice...
Images of War

Images of War

Worshippers prayed in silence in St Anne’s Church as the first news of the Normandy landings reached Manchester on Tuesday June 6th 1944. Others crowded round loudspeakers as allied troops made their way into Northern France to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny....