New PDF release: 1745: Charles Edward Stuart and the Jacobites

By Robert C. Woosnam-Savage, Glasgow Museums, National Army Museum

ISBN-10: 0114953023

ISBN-13: 9780114953027

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He might have added that gas capes could be used as raincoats and that stirrup pumps were handy for watering flowers. A major air raid on Manchester took place at Christmas 1940 and then the Anderson shelters and the stirrup pumps were used for their intended purposes. The hundreds of incendiary bombs that rained down on the city created a devastating firestorm. I cannot say that the choice of religious holidays by the Wehrmacht was deliberate but it is interesting that Manchester suffered its second heaviest air raid of the war at Whitsuntide 1941.

My trusty lieutenants in the gang were Jimmy Hope, whose father owned a garage, and Fred Spence whose father was a stonemason. I had more contact with Fred than with Jimmy. Fred’s father’s stonemason’s yard was in Sale and he would allow us to practice chiselling our names on rejected gravestones. Fred’s elder brother was a soldier who distinguished himself on the Northwest Frontier by allowing himself to be shot in the foot. 18 –3– A Good Environment Famous for its rugby teams, Sale provided a good environment for a boy despite the fact that it was damp.

Some activities were seasonal. Some followed the fashions of the moment. In the autumn and winter ‘conkers’ (horse chestnuts) were popular. I would drill a hole in a nut and thread a piece of string through it. The game was to pit my oven-baked shiny conker against another boy’s conker by hitting it with mine. Then it was his turn. I won if my opponent’s conker was smashed to pieces. He won if mine disintegrated. Marbles appeared at springtime. Some were known as ‘alleys’ made of glass, coloured inside.

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