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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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Them and Us

Them and Us

(p.276) (p.277) Chapter 14 Them and Us
Browned Off and Bloody-Minded

Alan Allport

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the civics education offered to British soldiers. In June 1941, the Army Bureau of Current Affairs (ABCA) was established to produce a regular supply of pamphlets, newssheets, and posters which regimental officers could use as the basis for leading a compulsory hour of current affairs education each week. At the end of 1942, the scheme was expanded through the “British Way and Purpose” (BWP) training program, organized by the Army Education Corps (AEC). The idea of BWP was to familiarize soldiers with more fundamental information about British life—the institutions of government, the Empire, the United Nations Organization, and proposals for post-war social reform. The chapter also considers the relations between officers and men; the Army's relationship with civilians; and extent to which Army service influenced the political mood of Britain by the end of the war.

Keywords:   British Army, Army education, British soldiers, civics education, current affairs, Army Bureau of Current Affairs, Army Education Corps, British Way and Purpose

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