The Archaeology of the Second World War

Uncovering Britain’s Wartime Heritage

Gabriel Moshenska

Date Published :
August 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages of color plates
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848846418

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 224
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The Second World War transformed British society. Men, women and children inhabited the war in every area of their lives, from their clothing and food to schools, workplaces and wartime service. This transformation affected the landscapes, towns and cities as factories turned to war work, beaches were prepared as battlefields and agricultural land became airfields and army camps. Some of these changes were violent: houses were blasted into bombsites, burning aircraft tumbled out of the sky and the seas around Britain became a graveyard for sunken ships. Many physical signs of the war have survived – a vast array of sites and artifacts that archaeologists can explore - and Gabriel Moshenska’s new book is an essential introduction to them.

He shows how archaeology can bring the ruins, relics and historic sites of the war to life, especially when it is combined with interviews and archival research in order to build up a clear picture of Britain and its people during the conflict. His work provides for the first time a broad and inclusive overview of the main themes of Second World War archaeology and a guide to many of the different types of sites in Britain. It will open up the subject for readers who have a general interest in the war and it will be necessary reading and reference for those who are already fascinated by wartime archaeology - they will find something new and unexpected within the wide range of sites featured in the book.


"This is a book to inspire local groups to research, reveal and record archaeology in their area. Warnings are given of possible unexploded ordinance, bad air and the chance of finding human remains where none are expected...."

- The Civil Defence Journal, No. 55, April 2016

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