Throughout the First World War, London played a major part in Great
Britain's war effort, both at home and abroad. A far as Germany was
concerned, the city was their ultimate goal - the ultimate target
that would bring them the sought-after victory they so desired.
With the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, the heart of
British Government at the Houses of Parliament and one of Europe's
major financial centres, situated at the Bank of England, London
was a major prize that would either be protected or lost to the
enemy. With a real belief amongst the British public that there
would be an invasion at some time during the war, the security of
the countries capital was paramount not only for survival of the
nation, but also to ensure that public morale remained high. The
capital was a central hub for recruitment with centres popping up
all over the city, at places such as Scotland Yard and the Tower of
London.There was a regiment for everybody, catering for all
elements of society from the labourer, to the landed gentry, for
the more affluent, as well as those less well off, and from the
professional sportsman, to the city banker; everybody wanted to do
their bit for King and Country. The book looks at many different
aspects of wartime London: the Members of Parliament who left their
comfortable lifestyles, who fought and died for their country, the
Silvertown munitions factory explosion, the twelve German spies who
were shot at the Tower of London, and the hundreds of military
hospitals that were spread across London. Part of St Thomas's
Hospital, for example, treated the wounds of 11,396 military
personnel between 1915-19. City of London in the Great War records
yet another chapter in the history of the nation's capital, during
the four-year period of time, which will live in the memory of the
city forever more.
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