Childhoods Are Forever by Tony Muddimer is a fascinating account of the second World War as experienced by the author. He was born in 1933, coinciding with Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany. The book covers the years 1936-1945. We hear about the author’s life and also key points that happened during the war.
The author was brought up in Leicestershire before moving to Tenby where his father was stationed. We hear about the fear felt on 14th November 1940 as the bombers passed over Leicestershire on their way to destroying Coventry. “He [Hitler] could destroy our buildings, but he couldn’t destroy our spirit.” This perfectly encapsulates the attitude of the British people with their indomitable bulldog spirit.
The reader hears about the coming of the Yanks – much to the delight of the children who loved the sweets, and the women who loved the stockings!
Throughout the book there are photos, adverts and newspaper cuttings which are good to see.
Childhoods Are Forever is a fabulous book for the historian and anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of World War II. I loved it and devoured it in just one afternoon!
I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.