If The Invader Comes

Home Front Ephemera Offers Fascinating Insight In To a Bygone Era

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A selection of illuminating Home Front ephemera will go under the hammer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and Baldwin's Military Sale on Wednesday 6th November, almost 75 years after they were published.

During the early 1940s there was a widespread and genuine fear amongst the British public that the Germans would successfully invade Britain. In response, The Ministry of Information, in co-operation with the War Office and the Ministry of Home Security, circulated literature, designed to inform and comfort the masses.

Although distributed widely these pamphlets were particularly focused on the South East of England. Discovered in a barn in Kent over 10 years ago, an astonishing find of 300 original Home Front leaflets from WWII comprise a large part of the lot. It is unusual to find leaflets in this quantity and condition.

Useful tips from the leaflet include, 'Do not believe rumours and do not spread them...Most of you know your policemen and your A.R.P. wardens by sight, and you can trust them. If you keep your heads, you can also tell whether a military officer is really British, or only pretending to be so.'

Together with the other items relating to the Home Front, these insightful booklets offer a fascinating window into British life during the war.

The collection, which is estimated at £200-300, is part of a collection formed by well-known Military Book Publisher, Lionel Levental of Arms and Armour Press. Mr. Levental spent much of his career collecting curiosities that related to the books he was publishing. [Lot 318].

The auction, comprising medals, orders, decorations and militaria will take place at Dreweatts Maddox Street Saleroom in Mayfair at 10.30am.


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Noble Investments (UK) PLC we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Apex Philatelics. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Dreweatts - 31st October 2013