Browned off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945

by Alan Allport

Biography / Autobiography History

Browned off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 Synopsis

More than three-and-a-half million men served in the British Army during the Second World War, the vast majority of them civilians who had never expected to become soldiers and had little idea what military life, with all its strange rituals, discomforts, and dangers, was going to be like. Alan Allport's rich and luminous social history examines the experience of the greatest and most terrible war in history from the perspective of these ordinary, extraordinary men, who were plucked from their peacetime families and workplaces and sent to fight for King and Country. Allport chronicles the huge diversity of their wartime trajectories, tracing how soldiers responded to and were shaped by their years with the British Army, and how that army, however reluctantly, had to accommodate itself to them. Touching on issues of class, sex, crime, trauma, and national identity, through a colorful multitude of fresh individual perspectives, the book provides an enlightening, deeply moving perspective on how a generation of very modern-minded young men responded to the challenges of a brutal and disorienting conflict.

Browned off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 Press Reviews

'A welcome social history that tracks the views of the British Soldiers, reluctant and otherwise, who were called up in the Second World War II.' -Sue Baker, The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780300226386
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780300226386
Publication date: 3rd March 2015
Author: Alan Allport
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 424 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, History,
Categories: Second World War, Theory of warfare & military science, Social & cultural history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Alan Allport

Alan Allport is assistant professor of history at Syracuse University. He lives in Syracuse, NY.

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