- Title: Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945
- Author: Alan Allport
- ISBN: 9780300170757
- Page: 442
- Format: Hardcover
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 greatMore 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.
Recent Comments "Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945"
If you want the real colour behind those back and white newsreels then read this book.The story of World War 2 is often told by the battles, but I do find the story of how an army of amateurs was shaped into a war winning machine fascinating.My father was conscripted at the age of 18 in 1943 and I had always wondered how I would have coped at that tender age with such a life changing event. Alan Allport’s book goes a long way in explaining what it was like.The book tells the story of the three [...]
This fascinating book tells the story of British soldiers in the Second World War. The author admits there are limits to the area he covers – there is no mention of women’s role in the forces, or, indeed, of the air force or navy. Indeed, the author limits himself to soldiers themselves, rather than officers. This is the tale of the ‘ordinary’ soldier; the civilian plucked from jobs, and the life they thought they were going to lead, and asked to serve in a world war that so many in Brit [...]
Received from NetGalleyThis is a densely packed, absolutely fascinating look at the British Army in WW II. To limit himself, the author gives a nod to women's units, who he says have their scholars, and he also excludes the air force, the navy, and private armies who largely drew from volunteers.Beginning with an overview of the army during WW I, and the subsequent issues with it between the wars (where it changed for the worse, where it remained determinedly the same for the worse), he sets up [...]
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One of the best books of military history that I have ever read.
Captures the experience of British soldiering in WWII very well.
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