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New book highlights wartime role

PUBLISHED: 22:00 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

A NEW book telling the story of Felixstowe's role in conflicts of the past 2,000 years looks set to be a sell-out after the authors enjoyed a launch day bonanza.

A NEW book telling the story of Felixstowe's role in conflicts of the past 2,000 years looks set to be a sell-out after the authors enjoyed a launch day bonanza.

Phil Hadwen, John Smith, Peter White and Neil Wylie were greeted with queues as they opened the doors of a special exhibition of old photogaphs and memorabilia to mark the publication of their latest work.

During a two-hour frenzy, they sold hundreds of autographed copies of Felixstowe at War as people poured in to the event at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Orwell Road.

There was then a steady stream of people visiting throughout the day to buy their copy and look at the marvellous display of old pictures of war-time at the resort, bringing back many memories for older residents.

The 2,500-copy limited edition 192-page book costs £15 and features around 350 photographs and pictures, telling the story of Felixstowe during conflicts from the Roman invasion to the Falklands War.

It illustrates life in the town, part of Britain's front line in many conflicts, during war-time and touches on the many wars which have affected the resort.

The book also reveals for the first time pictures and details of a secret mission carried out from Felixstowe called Operation Outward.

This involved Wrens and marines sending hydrogen-filled balloons trailing incendiary bombs and metal wires across to Germany on offshore winds during the second world war.

The wires were designed to short-circuit electricity supplies by touching overhead cables and the bombs to start fires and the mission caused widespread disruption in Germany and Italy.

Previous books by the foursome have sold out. Some have become collector's items and now sell for between £100 and £140 second-hand.

Felixstowe at War is available from selected local booksellers or from the authors direct on 01394 283827.

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