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Book Browned off and bloody-minded : the British soldier goes to war, 1939-1945 / Alan Allport.
Publication year: 2015.
Call Number D759 .A64 2015
Media class: Book
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300170757 0300170750
Extent: xxvii, 395 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Total number of loans: 0
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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. --Provided by publisher.
Part 1: Regulars -- 1. Colonel Lawrence and Colonel Blimp -- 2. Gentlemen and old sweats -- 3. Strange defeat -- Part 2: Civvies -- 4. Army of shopkeepers -- 5. Britain blancoes while Russia bleeds -- 6. Get some service in -- Part 3: Crusaders -- 7. Into the blue -- 8. Come to sunny Italy -- 9. Fighting bloody nature -- 10. Second front -- Part 4: Killers -- 11. Teeth and tail -- 12. The grammar of war -- 13. Categories of courage -- Part 5: Citizens -- 14. Them and us -- 15. 'What a colossal waste of time war is.'