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Fighting the people's war : the British and Commonwealth armies and the Second World War / Jonathan Fennell (King's College London).

by Fennell, Jonathan [author.].
Series: Armies of the Second World War.Description: pages cm.ISBN: 9781107030954 (hardback).Subject(s): Great Britain. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns | Soldiers -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Soldiers -- Commonwealth countries -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects | Social change -- History -- 20th century | Commonwealth countries -- Armed Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | Second World War, 1939-1945 | army | South Africa | Canada | New Zealand | Australia | Indian Army | Commonwealth
Contents:
Inter-war -- Mobilisation -- Defeat in the West -- The Middle East -- The Far East -- The great imperial morale crisis -- Victory in North Africa -- New Guinea and Burma -- The Mediterranean -- Remobilisation -- Cassino -- Transformation in the jungle -- D-Day -- Normandy -- The victory campaigns -- Soldiers and social change.
Summary: "In citizen armies, it matters enormously that soldiers should, as Oliver Cromwell put it, know what they fight for and love what they know; the fundamentals of victory or defeat 'often have to be sought far from the battlefield, in political, social, and economic factors'. This study of the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War, a fighting force made up predominantly of contingents from Britain, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, explores not only the material culture and history of great armies in a world war, but also the political, social, and economic factors that influenced their behaviour and experience in the period running up to and during the largest conflagration of the twentieth century"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Uses File Series CAB 21, 98, 101, 106, 121
DEFE 1
LAB 25, 29, 45
WO 32, 33, 71, 73, 93, 106, 162, 163, 165, 167, 169, 171, 172,175, 177, 193, 199, 202 -205, 208, 214, 217, 219, 222, 227, 231, 232, 236, 241, 258, 259, 277, 279, 285, 291, 336

Inter-war -- Mobilisation -- Defeat in the West -- The Middle East -- The Far East -- The great imperial morale crisis -- Victory in North Africa -- New Guinea and Burma -- The Mediterranean -- Remobilisation -- Cassino -- Transformation in the jungle -- D-Day -- Normandy -- The victory campaigns -- Soldiers and social change.

"In citizen armies, it matters enormously that soldiers should, as Oliver Cromwell put it, know what they fight for and love what they know; the fundamentals of victory or defeat 'often have to be sought far from the battlefield, in political, social, and economic factors'. This study of the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War, a fighting force made up predominantly of contingents from Britain, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, explores not only the material culture and history of great armies in a world war, but also the political, social, and economic factors that influenced their behaviour and experience in the period running up to and during the largest conflagration of the twentieth century"--

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