Blackshirts in Devon
(Todd Gray) £14.99
(ISBN 1903356466 or 978-190335646-3. Paperback. 326 pages. Over 40 illustrations and black and white photographs. Size 180mmx250mm approx. )
The Mint Press is delighted this book has been awarded Devon Book of the Year by Devon History Society Oct 2007
This eagerly-awaited book is the first and only to examine a unique part of Devon's history. It is an innovative study which opens up a surprising aspect of the county's history and also includes references to Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall. Sir Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts arrived in Plymouth in Summer 1933 and quickly became a vibrant political force in the city. Activity spread throughout the county, particularly amongst farmers in North Devon. They became established in many towns in the county and the author has explore these connections, the actions and people involved. After a disastrous meeting in Plymouth in 1934 the Fascists regrouped in Exeter. The book covers events up to June 1940 when leading members were arrested and interned.