1967 The Summer of Love

1967 The Summer of Love

A term renowned for ‘hanging out’ in San Francisco plus other major American cities and used for the title of the penultimate chapter. A time synonymous for free love and taking drugs. In Britain, women’s contraception in the form of a birth control pill was introduced. For men, fashionable attire revolved around London’s Carnaby Street. The hot summer and culture of this year encouraged the birth of a permissive society. Shackles were discarded and a ‘wind of change’ in Britain had begun.

After twenty-seven years, Abigail Anderson is reunited with the time traveller. When they last met, Abigail was a young girl. Now in her mid-thirties, she is an attractive fun-loving lady. The summer of 1967 would turn out to be a special time for both of them.

Dunkirk 1940

Dunkirk 1940

In chapter 10, Lieutenant William Carsell-Brown and his squad have been ordered to head for the channel port of Dunkirk. An evacuation of allied troops will begin immediately in a bid to save them from being taken prisoner by the German army. All type of boats are sailing from Britain to Dunkirk on a vital rescue mission. Allied troops have been instructed to form an orderly queue on the beach at Dunkirk. This queue stretches out into the sea where troops stand up to their waist in water.

Ardennes Forest, May 1940

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German tank units head through the Ardennes forest towards Sedan on the east bank on the Meuse River. In the north, the battle has already started with Wehrmacht troops invading Holland Luxembourg and Belgium. British and French troops have advanced towards Belgium to meet the threat. However, Sedan is not well-fortified by French troops as it is deemed to be impenetrable. The German High Command thought otherwise.

RMS Queen Elizabeth

RMS Queen Elizabeth

This is the ship mentioned in chapter 9. It was built at John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank, near Glasgow. Building was started in mid 1930 and the ship was launched in September 1938. It was named after Elizabeth, Queen Consort to King George VI. The ship was originally intended as a luxury ocean liner for passengers travelling from Southampton to New York via Cherbourg, France. However, the proposed maiden voyage due for April 1940 was suspended in August 1939 due to the threat of war. It was intended to move the ship from Clydebank for security reasons. The RMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned by the Royal Navy as a troop ship. The Cunard colours were repainted battleship grey.

Leith Docks

Leith Docks,

After a meeting with Alan Struthers, James next adventure takes him to Edinburgh and specifically, the port of Leith. Struthers has an unconfirmed intelligence report that sabotage of the Royal Navy’s new ship, RMS Queen Elizabeth, could occur. He arranges for James to join the work force at Leith Docks and keep him informed of any unusual activity or behaviour.

The Empire Exhibition 1938

1938  Empire Exhibition

The country chosen to host the 1938 Empire Exhibition was Scotland and it took place in Bellahoustn Park, Glasgow. The main aim of the exhibition was to help regenerate the local economy which had suffered badly during the 1930s. The exhibition gave employment, albeit temporary, to people within the host city. Cooks, cleaners, car park attendants, first aiders, engineers, tradesmen and administration staff all benefited in a period of high unemployment. The event was held between May and December. It turned out to be one of the wettest summers on record, however 12 million visitors did attend. Once the exhibition had finished, the prominent high tower of 470 feet was dismantled. This being a necessary precaution as it could have been an easy target for the Luftwaffe. Britain was heading towards a war with Germany.

Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow 1938

Glasgow 1938

James eventually leaves Inveraray and returns to Ardrishaig. At the harbour, he catches a steamship to Govan which is located on the south side of Glasgow. He disembarks at the dock and gets on a tram headed for the city centre, where a particular hotel is situated. A room has been reserved for him at the Beresford Hotel in Sauchiehall Street. Once there, he will be contacted by a Government agent.