What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.
Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes
As I read, While the Bombs Fell, I had a deep sense of nostalgia despite growing up in a different era… One of peace time. I think it’s probably to do with some of things I could relate to such as the use of a mangle, a galvanised tub to bathe in, and having only an outside toilet in the backyard.
It is an enjoyable read that serves to remind us how fortunate we are to have the the things we have today and to be living in peacetime Britain.