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Bridging The Gap AiBridging The Gap
U.S. Army Rehabilitation Centres in Warwickshire and Worcestershire during World War II
Fran & Martin Collins

‘Bridging the Gap’ chronicles the development of the rehabilitation programme in U.S. Army hospitals in the U.K. during World War 2. It begins by describing the situation whereby the heads of the U.S. military became aware of the benefits of rehabilitation and convalescent work through observing British practice and then describes the establishment of the first ever rehabilitation centre run by the U.S. Army. This book follows the process of the improvement and refining of rehabilitation work during World War 2, concentrating on the three main rehabilitation/convalescent centres at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Stoneleigh (Stareton), Warwickshire and Packington Park, Warwickshire.

ISBN: 978-1-85858-525-3
Price: £10.95
Available: July 2014


Matron at War AiMatron At War
The Story of Katy Beaufoy (1869-1918)
Erica Nadin-Snelling

This is the inspiring story of Sister Katy Beaufoy who was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1868 and who served in both the Boer War and World War I. With excerpts from the diary she kept of her service and letters she sent to her family, Katy records in her matter of fact way her daily life. What emerges are both the horrors experienced by the casualties of war and the remarkable places in which she found herself whilst serving her country – from visiting the pyramids of Giza to sailing around the Greek islands. Katy was reported missing believed drowned after the loss of the Glenart Castle after it left Cardiff on 25th February 1918 bound for Brest to take on board the wounded, a torpedo struck the ship with only 38 surviving from the 206 on board. Her medals include the Dead Woman’s Penny and the medal for reorganising the Queen of Italy’s nursing service. The book concludes with stories of other members of the Beaufoy family both ancestors and descendants.

ISBN: 978-1-85858-520-8
Price: £12.95
Available: July 2014


On The Trail AiOn The Trail of the Great War
Birmingham 1914-1918
Alan Tucker

Birmingham during the Great War has been described as Britain’s pre-eminent centre of manufacturing industries, its factories and workshops produced arms, ammunition, shells and components of all sorts making it a powerhouse for the War Effort. The men of Birmingham formed many battalions of the Warwickshire Regiment and the city became a major medical centre giving over public and private buildings to become military hospitals. The suburbs accommodated army camps and even an RFC aerodrome for pilot training Field Marshal Sir John French, Commander in Chief of the British Armies in France and Flanders described the war as “a battle between Krupps – and Birmingham”. The book takes the reader through each area of the city with fascinating information on the significance of individual buildings, the stories of their use and contribution as well as the people who lived and worked in them. A book both for reference and for planning a visit of one’s own – “On the Trail of the Great War in Birmingham”.

ISBN: 978-1-85858-527-7
Price: £14.95
Available: July 2014



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