Pictures: When war came to heart of Devon
DEVON'S vigorous role in the Second World War comes under the searchlight in a new book by Westcountry author Henry Buckton. His Devon At War covers the county's involvement in Operation Ariel, Operation Overlord and the Battle of Britain as well as illustrating the bombing of Exeter.
During the Second World War Devon was reputedly the most militarised county in the country.
This was particularly so just before D-Day when every town and village was bursting with American troops preparing to take part in the liberation of occupied Europe.
Exeter experienced some of the most devastating air attacks outside London, while even smaller communities along the south coast suffered from the shock tactics of tip and run raids. We see the crucial part that the county's ports and harbours played in keeping Britain's Navy afloat and at the forefront of operations. And perhaps most important of all, we acknowledge the county's incalculable contribution to all aspects of Operation Overlord, on land, at sea, or in the air.
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Mr Buckton is a social historian, and has published a large number of books on various historical subjects. He studied at the Somerset College of Arts and trained as a graphic designer, but in his working life serves in the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency (MDPGA).