Fighting the people's war : the British and Commonwealth armies and the Second World War / Jonathan Fennell
- Fennell, Jonathan, 1979-
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xxxii, 932 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- 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.
- 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, the core of 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.
- 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
- 9781139380881 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 29 Jan 2019).
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