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Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 (edição: 2017)

de Alan Allport (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945
Autores:Alan Allport (Autor)
Informação:Yale University Press (2017), Edition: Reprint, 424 pages
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A very good discussion and analysis of the British Army in World War Two, looks at all its strengths, weakness, failures and successes. You come away better informed, with greater sympathy for those involved and also with better understanding of the issues that faces both the army and the men involved. I'd recommend this for anyone interested in social history, the Second World War, and British society's as a whole. It's a world now fading rapidly from memory with veterans and those around them at the time passing away and this will soon be written history rather than living history but I was impressed with the quality of the effort made to try to document this before it fades into the mists of time. ( )
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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.

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