- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: January 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781139380881
Fighting the People's War is an unprecedented, panoramic history of the 'citizen armies' of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, the core of the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War. Drawing on new sources to reveal the true wartime experience of the ordinary rank and file, Jonathan Fennell fundamentally challenges our understanding of the War and of the relationship between conflict and socio-political change. He uncovers how fractures on the home front had profound implications for the performance of the British and Commonwealth armies and he traces how soldiers' political beliefs, many of which emerged as a consequence of their combat experience, proved instrumental to the socio-political changes of the postwar era. Fighting the People's War transforms our understanding of how the great battles were won and lost as well as how the postwar societies were forged.
Max Hastings Source: The Sunday Times
Source: History of War
David French Source: The Times Literary Supplement
Tim Cook - author of The Necessary War and Fight to the Finish
Gary Sheffield - author of A Short History of the First World War
Dennis Showalter - author of Hitler's Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare
Peter Stanley - author of 'Terriers' in India
Alan Allport - author of Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939–1945
Taylor Downing Source: Military History Matters
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