I started this thread so as not to detract from the Remembrance Day thread about soldiers.
In the last several months I've read a number of novels set during WWII by UK authors, Maureen Lee in particular. Ms. Lee's books are generally set in the Liverpool area, specifically in an area called Bootle. The Annie Groves books which were written by Penny Jordan, the original author, were full of authentic details also. Until I read these books I didn't understand just how terribly the civilian population of the UK suffered during WWII.
I don't think that many Americans realize how difficult life was in the UK during WWII. Most people nowadays have learned about this from schoolbooks, which would be too controversial if all of the details and horrors were told.
I read about Anderson shelters, ignition bombs, the evacuation of children to the countryside, air raids, the blackout, and the scarcity of most civilian goods. I read about women unraveling old sweaters and making new garments by knitting the yarn again. I read that people were supposed to conserve water, and could only bathe in a small amount. The food available was often very unpalatable - I think that they may have even been offered whale meat.
The really frightening passages to me were about the air raids. At that time radar was not generally in use, and the civilians didn't always have much time to try to get to a shelter. Annie Groves in particular wrote about some of the same occurrences in several of her books - which leads me to believe that the events, or similar events, actually happened. She wrote about a city bus and civilians in Liverpool being strafed by fighter planes, and about a fire truck full of firemen falling into a bomb crater in the street and exploding.
I believe that we also should remember the hardships of families and individuals on the home front. They had to make great sacrifices in their daily lives while being supportive of their loved ones who were off fighting. The books that I read were about the UK, but I'm sure that those living in continental Europe and in the Far East also suffered great trials.