For centuries the south coast of Kent in particular the ports of Dover and Folkestone—have been Englands front line, as her enemies have planned invasions and launched attacks from just across the Channel. During the Great War of 1914–1918 these two towns were again vulnerable to enemy action, and they played a vital role in war effort. As this well-researched and highly illustrated book shows, the people of the Channel Ports suffered from bombardment by air and sea. They also played a significant role in the experience of the men who fought in the Great War. For the humble soldier, this stretch of coastline had a personal meaning—it represented Blighty. It might be the last thing the departing Tommy would see of his country and, for a soldier returning wounded or on leave, the White Cliffs on the horizon were his first glimpse of home.