Ole Bill - London Buses and the First World War
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Ole Bill - London Buses and the First World War

Code 219686
Reviews (4) 5 out of 5
Written using detailed study of the first-hand accounts preserved in official War Diaries, and extensive research, this is the story of B43 Ole Bill, and the other London buses that went to war.
About This Item

Author: Dr William D Ward
Publisher: London Transport Museum
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112

In November every year, on Remembrance Sunday, representatives of the whole nation parade past the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The last section to pass is always a group of London transport staff. For decades they marched in the company of a very special vehicle: a bright red open-topped double-decker London bus. This was B-type bus number B43.

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5 out of 5
Comprehensive coverage, I think for the first time, of the part played by London (not just LGOC) buses at home and abroad during the Great War. Readers may be surprised to learn the variety of uses to which they were put, not just as troop carriers but as ambulances, pigeon-lofts, armoured cars and mobile gun platforms to name just some. Thoroughly researched, with source footnotes for each chapter, this book is also a compelling read and should be on the shelves of anyone interested in the history of World War 1 or in London Buses of the period. Excellent value at cover price and outstanding at the sale half-price. Published by the LT Museum, the book is well produced though I wonder if the photographs would have reproduced better on glossy rather than semi-matt paper. I should also have liked a list of vehicles involved if such records still exist. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5
slighty disapointed by text
5 out of 5
The book is nicely produced and covers the topic in detail. It's a subject not well known outside a few "experts".
5 out of 5
A great book full of rare photographs accompanied with an informative text.
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