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The call-up : a history of National Service 1947-1963

Author: Tom Hickman
Publisher: London : Headline, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"More than two million men went through national service between 1947 and 1963, and each had his own experience: many were caught in conflicts in far-off destinations such as Korea, Egypt, Malaya and Cyprus. Others acquired a trade, or learned how to read and write, and a few were even taught Russian in case the Cold War became hot. And in the brothels of the Far East and Germany, the 'virgin soldiers' discovered  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Hickman
ISBN: 0755312406 9780755312405
OCLC Number: 59265186
Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Tom Hickman.

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The most colourful and comprehensive history of national service ever published, featuring more than 80 interviews with those who experienced it, as well as correspondence and diaries from the period  Read more...

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'A hugely enjoyable anecdotal history of British conscription after the Second World War.' -- Times Literary Supplement

 
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