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Delve into the wartime history of Frome with new book

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ANEWbook by regular Frome Times columnist and local historian, David Lassman, is now available, offering readers a glimpse of what it was like in Frome during World WarTwo.

The book’s synopsis says, “Frome at War 1939-1945 is a comprehensive account of this Somerset market town’s experience of the conflict, covering in detail life on the Home Front set against the background of the wider theatres of war.

“The narrative of that global struggle is given with a focus on the ordeals endured by the people of Frome, as they cheered their men and women fighters off to war, welcomed hundreds of evacuated men, women and children to the town, and contributed their part to the fight against Hitler and the Nazi threat.

“Rare insights into the life of the town are included, along with seldom -old stories from the footnotes of history; from Frome’s part within the secret underground resistance movement and the national fight for women’s equality, to the gradual influx of American GIs and Field-Marshall Montgomery’s stay in the aftermath of Dunkirk.

“The book incorporates memoirs and memories, along with indepth research from official records and newspaper accounts, which allow the reader to see the war not only from ordinary people’s perceptive, but the military experiences of Frome’s heroic men and women – and in many cases their tragic sacrifices – as well. More controversial aspects are also touched on, including injustice, espionage, racism and politics, to give a full and fascinating picture of a town facing profound trials of endurance and courage, but at the same time revealing the characteristics that have sustained Frome throughout its illustrious and turbulent history.”

A book launch with David Lassman, hosted by Hunting Raven book shop, will be held at Frome Town Hall on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 and are available in store at Hunting Raven, by calling 01373 473111, emailing winstonebooks3@gmail.com or directly online at www.bit.ly/FromeAtWar.

Above: David Lassman with his book ‘Frome at War 1939-45’. Photo by Michael Lassman

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