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Time To Kill : The Soldier's Experience of War in the West 1939-1945 - Paul Addison

Time To Kill

The Soldier's Experience of War in the West 1939-1945

Paperback Published: 20th June 1997
ISBN: 9780712673761
Number Of Pages: 496

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"In the 50 years since the end of the Second World War, much has been written about the men at the top, but little attention has been given to what soldiering was like for the 'dog-face' and 'squaddy', the NCO's and junior officers. Redressing the balance, this original and powerful book explores the conditions in which the soldiers of many different countries lived and died, as well as their hopes and fears, and their experience of battle. John Erickson, John Keegan, Theodore Wilson and Omer Bartov are among the distinguished cast of historians whose subjects range from GIs in Europe to Indian troops in North Africa, and from the comic overtones of Dad's Army in Britain to the grim earnest of the war on the eastern front, where Russian woman fought as full combatants."

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A splendid group of essays about war as it looked to the fighting man during World War II; most of them written by military historians too young to take part. All the authors are aware of the noise, the stench, the fright, the tiredness that mark out battle from ordinary life; some write also of the intense tedium of life between battles and the ways in which it could be made less dull. The armies of several different nations appear and so do some notable writers in an original and stimulating study. (Kirkus UK)

Foreword
Preface
Towards a Theory of Combat Motivationp. 3
Reflections on the 'Sharp End' of Warp. 12
The Scottish Soldier: Reality and the Armchair Experiencep. 21
The Shadow of the Somme: the Influence of the First World War on British Soldiers' Perceptions and Behaviour in the Second World Warp. 29
The British Field Force in France and Belgium, 1939-40p. 40
The Real Dad's Army: the British Home Guard, 1940-44p. 50
The British Soldier on the Home Front: Army Morale Reports, 1940-45p. 60
"Twas England Bade Our Wild Geese Go": Soliders of Ireland in the Second World Warp. 77
'If I Fight for Them, Maybe Then I Can Go Back to the Village': African Soldiers in the Mediterranean and European Campaigns, 1939-45p. 93
'Matters of Honour': Indian Troops in the North African and Italian Theatresp. 115
Mr Wu and the Colonials: the British Empire's Evacuation from Crete, 1941p. 129
'If this war isn't over, And pretty damn soon, There'll be nobody left, In this old platoon ...': First Canadian Army, February-March 1945p. 147
'No taste for the fight?': French Combat Performance in 1940 and the Politics of the Fall of Francep. 161
The Italian Soldier in Combat, June 1940-September 1943: Myths, Realities and Explanationsp. 177
The Italian Job: Five Armies in Italy, 1943-45p. 206
Peasant Scapegoat to Industrial Slaughter: the Romanian Soldier at the Siege of Odessap. 221
Red Army Battlefield Performance, 1941-45: the System and the Soldierp. 233
Offensive Women: Women in Combat in the Red Armyp. 249
Motivation and Indoctrination in the Wehrmacht, 1933-45p. 263
The German Soldier in Occupied Russiap. 274
Who Fought and Why? The Assignment of American Soldiers to Combatp. 284
The GI in Europe and the American Military Traditionp. 304
'Puir Bluidy Swaddies Are Weary': Sicily, 1943p. 319
Infantry Combat: a GI in France, 1944p. 331
Trauma and Absence: France and Germany, 1914-45p. 347
Oral History and British Soldiers' Experience of Battle in the Second World Warp. 359
The Soldier's Experience in Two World Wars: Some Historiographical Comparisonsp. 369
Notes on Contributorsp. 379
Notes and Referencesp. 383
Indexp. 458
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780712673761
ISBN-10: 0712673768
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 20th June 1997
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1

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