The New Forest at War: John Leete

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the New Forest – its a great place to go and walk out in the country, see the famous Ponies, have a pub lunch and generally spend some time away from the rat-race. However I must confess that I know very little about the history of the New Forest beyond Willam Rufus. Therefore this book by John Leete is most timely – especially with spring and the walking season rapidly approaching!

As a huge expanse of woodland and heathland, the New Forest proved to be an ideal training area in wartime, particuarly for the Army. The wide open spaces also provided space for numerous airfields – the traces of some can still be seen today. The House at Beaulieu provided the training base for the Special Operations Executive, and Exbury House was an important Naval Intelligence centre. General Patton even used Braemar House as a Headquarters for some time. The New Forest was also an embarkation centre fo prior to D-Day. The volume of traffic flowing through the forest, and the amount of men based there, also led to many of the main roads being widened – a lasting physical impact. In fact, I must confess to getting out my Ordnance Survey map of the Forest to look for some sites to explore!

This book is illustrated with some wonderful images of the New Forest in wartime, and complemented by numerous oral testimonies. I’m a big fan of oral hisory, theres no better way to present the rich tapestry of ordinary people’s experiences than by letting them tell their story, in their words. Hence this book is not just about buildings, generals and elite units, but also about evacuees, Air raid precautions and rationing.

When I go down to the New Forest in the summer this book will almost certainly be in my rucksack!

The New Forest at War is published by The History Press

About these ads

6 Comments

Filed under Book of the Week, Local History, World War Two

6 responses to “The New Forest at War: John Leete

  1. This gives you a good feel of the potential market near you.
    Networking iis a great way to make business contacts and you can do tis almost anywhere that
    you go. Ceeramic also emits negativbe ions in thee larggest quuantity possible that seal the cuticle layer and eliminate frizz.

  2. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was
    a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable
    from you! However, how can we communicate?

  3. Hey there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through
    some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow,
    I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking
    back often!

  4. I comment when I especially enjoy a post on a site or I have something to add to
    the conversation. It is a result of the sincerness communicated in the post I browsed.
    And on this article The New Forest at War: John Leete | Daly
    History Blog. I was actually excited enough to drop a thought :-P I actually
    do have a few questions for you if it’s okay. Could it be just me or does it look like some
    of these responses look as if they are written
    by brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing at additional online social sites, I would like
    to follow you. Would you make a list every one of all your public pages like your Facebook
    page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  5. There are two features, however, that are lacking
    from the current Apple iphone 3. Anytime your iPod shuts down,
    you require to re-Jailbreak it. Phones in completely perfect situation will get $250.

  6. Link exchange is nothing else however it is simply placing
    the other person’s website link on your page at suitable place and
    other person will also do same in favor of you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s