Armies of the Second World War: Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War
Analyses why the great battles were won and lost, and how the men that fought went on to change the world.
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|Library of Congress
||World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns, Soldiers - History - 20th century - Great Britain, Soldiers - History - 20th century - Commonwealth countries, World War, 1939-1945 - Social aspects, Social change - History - 20th century
Description of this Book
Fighting the People's War is an unprecedented, panoramic history of the 'citizen armies' of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, who together made up the British and Commonwealth Armies in the Second World War. Drawing on new sources to reveal the true wartime experience of the ordinary rank and file, Jonathan Fennell fundamentally challenges our understanding of the war and of the relationship between conflict and socio-political change. He uncovers how fractures on the home front had profound implications for the performance of the British and Commonwealth Armies and he traces how soldiers' political beliefs, many of which emerged as a consequence of their combat experience, proved instrumental to the socio-political changes of the postwar era. Fighting the People's War transforms our understanding of how the great battles were won and lost as well as how the postwar societies were forged.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||'This is an outstanding book, based on immersion in archives across the globe. Rich in insights, it demands that we rethink the way we view the armies of the British Empire in the Second World War'. Gary Sheffield, author of A Short History of the First World War
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Jonathan Fennell is a Senior Lecturer at the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. He is a Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and a Director and Co-Founder of the Second World War Research Group. His first book, Combat and Morale in the North African Campaign (Cambridge, 2011) was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize, was joint runner-up for the Society for Army Historical Research's Templer Medal and was selected as one of BBC History Magazine's 'Books of the Year' 2011.