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

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How did ordinary men cope with being called up, propelled from civilian to soldier in a few short months they were then sent off to fight. Alan Allport captures their reactions through the writings of the men who recorded their war experiences in diaries and letters, portraying a little-recorded aspect of our history – how the British army, largely composed of these callow recruits, were sent to fight the soldiers of the Nazi war machine.

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

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.

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'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

About the Author

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

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2017

Author

Alan Allport

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Publisher

Yale University Press

Format

Hardback
424 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography

Second World War
Theory of warfare & military science
Social & cultural history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780300226386

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