Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945

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Alan Allport, assistant professor of history, has written a new book entitled Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 (Yale University Press).  The book describes the experience of the greatest and most terrible war in history from the perspective of the more than 3.5 million ordinary British men who never expected to become soldiers and were unprepared for military life.  Allport examines how soldiers responded to and were shaped by their years in the army and how that army had to accommodate itself to them.  

Focusing on issues of class, sex, crime, trauma, and national identity, viewed through a multitude of individual perspectives, the book provides an enlightening perspective on how a generation of young men responded to the challenges of a brutal conflict. In a review published in the UK Sunday Times, the military historian Sir Max Hastings called the book a "notably accomplished study of Churchill's army…a memorable word-portrait... [the author] has distilled a mass of wisdom and gathered all manner of truths under one roof, with skill and judgment." 03/17/15