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The Veterans' Tale

British Military Memoirs of the Second World War



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This is a unique account of the ways in which British veterans of the Second World War remembered, understood, and recounted their experiences of battle throughout the post-war period. Focusing on themes of landscape, weaponry, the enemy, and comradeship, Frances Houghton examines the imagery and language used by war memoirists to reconstruct and review both their experiences of battle and their sense of wartime self. Houghton also identifies how veterans' memoirs became significant sites of contest as former servicemen sought to challenge what they saw as unsatisfactory official, scholarly, and cultural representations of the Second World War in Britain. Her findings show that these memoirs are equally important both for the new light they shed on the memory and meanings of wartime military experience among British veterans, and for what they tell us about the cultural identity of military life-writing in post-war British society.

Product code: 9781108496919

ISBN 9781108496919
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS20
No. Of Pages 302
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare
Reveals how veteran memoirs serve as rich repositories of information about the ways in which former servicemen remembered, understood, and recounted the Second World War, shedding new light on experiences of battle and the veteran's sense of wartime self, as well as the emotional meanings war memoirists attached to their narratives.