The Best Years of Their Lives: The National Service Experience 1945-63

The Best Years of Their Lives: The National Service Experience 1945-63

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Memories of Britain's National Service experiences after World War II.

The Best Years of Their Lives: The National Service Experience 1945-63

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Memories of National Service experiences unite some two million individuals who, between 1945 and 1963, were forced to abandon their civilian existences and spend up to two years serving as soldiers, sailors and airmen. Too young to vote, but old enough to kill and be killed, these legions of fresh faced eighteen-year-olds were conscripted in the wake of the Second World War to oversee the dismantling of an empire and to garrison West Germany in the lowered temperatures of the Cold War. They served at home and some of them served abroad in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Royle records the experiences in common to this unique cross-section of British society, evoking the good times and the bad. He has interviewed scores of ex-National Servicemen from all over the country and welded their impressions, their emotions and their anecdotes into a fascinating social history that will be of interest to all, but especially the generation who were supposed to be having the best years of their lives.

Hardcover, 288 pgs, photographs, notes, further reading & sources, index. Very good, jacket slightly faded.

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Short Description Memories of Britain's National Service experiences after World War II.
Weight (g) 670.0000
Author Trevor Royle
Publisher Michael Joseph
Date Published 1986
ISBN 0 7181 2459 6
Size 240mm x 160mm

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