German Winter Help Booklet - a token of thanks from the Fuhrer!

This one nearly escaped our latest sort out. The tiny WinterHilfsWerke mini book is one of a series of donation books. They were given to people who donated money for the Winter help in Germany from the early 1930’s through to the end of WW2. This one entitled Der Fuhrer in den Bergen (The Fuhrer in the Mountains) was issued in 1936. WinterHilfsWerke was an annual charity drive held every year from 1933 to 1945. Its purpose was to get people to donate money to support those who were less fortunate through the winter months. The money was supposed to go towards providing food, clothing, coal, and other items. Donors were awarded with a small token of appreciation in the form of these propagan

ARP Warden's Post Bus Shelter - Isle of Wight

During our recent holiday we were not only treated to a surprise flypast from a Spitfire, but also the discovery of a WW2 ARP Warden's Post. This shelter was a thirty second walk from where we were staying. Set back into the hedge and being invaded by the greenery, the construction is still being used as a shelter. Today, people visiting or living in the village of Wellow (just outside of Yarmouth) can find protection from the weather whilst waiting for their bus to arrive! There are also village notices displayed in the shelter. During WW2 one of the jobs of the ARP Wardens was to monitor and report bomb damage after an air raid. A network of ARP Warden Posts were set up throughout the coun

Spitfire surprise over the Isle of Wight.

On Friday we returned home from our family holiday on the Isle of Wight. We’d had a great few days away, and when we woke to sunny skies on Friday morning, we decided to fit in a visit to Alum Bay on the west coast before heading to Yarmouth to catch the Ferry home. With a five hour journey ahead of us, we decided to make the most of the good weather and walk up to the Needles Batteries on the headland. The walk up gives stunning views of Alum Bay and its multicoloured cliff faces, but that view was soon to become even more amazing! We’d stopped off at the Old Battery, New Battery and the viewpoint overlooking the Needles and the Rocket Testing site, before beginning our journey back to the

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