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Hemyock Residents Remember WWII:

Cover: Hemyock's Memories of War Book
Hemyock's Memories of War Books

Fascinating eyewitness accounts both of service overseas and of the "Home Front"; edited & republished in electronic format on Amazon Kindle, to raise funds for Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group Charity, which does so much to help frail & elderly residents.

The original photos & images have been made into four HD slideshows and uploaded to YouTube.

This series of books can be read on any Kindle device, and also in the free Kindle reading apps that Amazon offers for PCs, tablets and smartphones. Kindle also offers a free online Kindle reader, which works within most web browsers.

Originally published in 1995 as Hemyock's Memories of War, a 65 page, A4 printed booklet, illustrated with many photographs. All profits went to the Royal British Legion.

The complete original text in Volume 0 is equivalent to about 135 A5 pages. The entries have now been re-arranged in alphabetical order, by surname; linked from the contents list. At the back of the book, there is a list of the participants and local people mentioned in their accounts.

Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 contain themed, edited, illustrated extracts from Volume 0. Volume 5 is a complete Box Set containing Volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, & 4.


Some Edited Excerpts on this Website:

Introduction; Wartime Life; Homeguard; Farming; POWs; Aircraft; Evacuees; Memories; War Carpenter


Kindle Volume 5: Complete WWII Box Set

The complete WWII "Box Set," Hemyock Memories Volume 5, contains all the WWII volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 covering life during World War II 1939-45. These Memories of WWII Kindle books contain eyewitness accounts by residents of Hemyock, of their life during WWII, both serving overseas and on the "Home Front."

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071783LLK

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071783LLK

Kindle Volume 0: Complete Text Version

Volume 0 contains the complete text in alphabetical order, with over 75 first-hand accounts, plus the full list of names.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00X19HHLM

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X19HHLM

Kindle Volume 1: Illustrated, Edited Excerpts

Illustrated edited excepts: Dunkirk 1940, D-Day 1944, Surrender of German U-Boat Fleet 1945.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00YCJ3E94

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YCJ3E94

Kindle Volume 2: Evacuee Children, The Home Front & Women's War Work

Illustrated edited extracts. Many of these stories were written by women and are about wartime life for women; including working in new roles, replacing men who had been sent overseas to fight.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010RF7L2M

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010RF7L2M

Kindle Volume 3: WWII in Europe & North Africa

These edited extracts cover many of the campaigns, including the long bitter struggle after the D-Day landings in June 1944 until Europe was finally liberated on 8th May 1945, VE-Day.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013XHT03E

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013XHT03E

Kindle Volume 4: WWII in Royal Navy, Convoys, Burma & The Far East

These edited extracts cover the Arctic, to the tropics and the steamy heat of Burma; then on to witnessing the Japanese surrender in Singapore and release of the prisoners of war, after VJ-Day on 15th August 1945.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013XK559E

USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013XK559E

Links to Video Slideshows of Original Photos

For convenience, the more than 130 photos from the original book have been arranged in four groups, forming four slide shows, each lasting about four minutes. The slide shows have been uploaded as 1080p HD. This means that they can be viewed using most types of computer or mobile devices and at any of the resolutions supported by YouTube. Contact us for a DVD version of these slideshows, or versions in other formats.


Links to Videos of Excerpts

Several edited excerpts are available on YouTube. These use automated text-to-speech software to read the text aloud, while the text scrolls slowly up the screen.


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