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Browned Off and Bloody-MindedThe British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945$
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Alan Allport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170757

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170757.001.0001

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Army of Shopkeepers

Army of Shopkeepers

(p.59) Chapter 4 Army of Shopkeepers
Browned Off and Bloody-Minded

Alan Allport

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the British Army's home-based, mass citizen militia of stock clerks, shopkeepers, draughtsmen, and delivery boys during the Second World War. This was the Army that the majority of officers and men first encountered during the war. It was an Army without victories to its credit; still struggling to absorb its strange new charges; uncertain as to what to do with them; uncertain, indeed, as to what its further role in Britain's grand strategy would be; and, above all, deeply apprehensive as to whether it would ever really be up to the task of defeating the German Wehrmacht or the forces of Imperial Japan. However, this was arguably the most important of all of British Armies because within it were trained the officers and men who would go on to achieve final victory.

Keywords:   British Army, Second World War, Army recruits, mass citizen militia, soldiers

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