The Veterans' tale: British Military Memoirs of the Second World War

TitleThe Veterans' tale: British Military Memoirs of the Second World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHoughton, Frances
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY
Abstract

This book 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.

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