Today, at the excellent one-day conference entitled 'Sad Shires and Bugles', the Essex Record Office launched its new publication with author Paul Rusiecki giving a talk and signing his work over lunch.
'The Impact of Catastrophe' subtitled 'The people of Essex and the First World War (1914 - 1920)' fills a gap in hitherto published work.
"It shows, with copious references to contemporary material [Revd Reeve of Stondon Massey included], how the shadow of the Great War fell upon every aspect of life in the county. Dr Paul Rusiecki brings to life the experiences of those Essex people who sought to 'keep the home fires burning' in the face of shortages, blackouts and air raids [locally the Zeppelin raid of 31 March 1916]. He also traces the growth of the movement to commemorate those citizens of Essex who fought and died for their country in the 'war to end all wars'".
This looks to be a tremendous book. Soft cover, 464 pages.
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