The British Soldier in Europe 1939-45 - Peter Doyle & Paul EvansRamsbury: The Crowood Press, 2010, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Further reading list; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “After years of the British Government neglecting the armed forces following the Great War, the British soldier was unprepared for another global-scale conflict. Nevertheless, he went to France in 1939-1940 with the expectation of victory over his German counterpart. This book examines the British soldier in Europe, from his first arrival in France in 1939 through to the victory over Nazi Germany in May
With the collapse of the European Allies — and following the unsuccessful foray into Norway in April — the withdrawal from Dunkirk in May-June 1940 was an inevitable consequence. Other defeats followed in the European theatre, particularly in Crete and mainland Greece, defeats that would mirror similar reverses in the Middle East, as well as in the Far East against the Japanese.
Following these early defeats, the British soldier was forced either to retreat to Britain and prepare for z renewed assault on Germany’s hold over mainland Europe, or to spend the majority of the war in German ROW camps, planning escapes and subverting authority in any way he could. In the meantime, the average British civilian engaged in auxiliary defence tactics to ensure that Britain’s shores were not successfully invaded by the Axis powers.
Accompanying each of these aspects of the war, there are various items that give insight into the soldier’s experience. In many cases, these items — uniforms, insignia, weapons or ephemera — have become highly collectable. Peter Doyle and Paul Evans have put together a huge selection of objects relating the British soldier’s experience from 1939-1945. The book contains extensive information for collectors and for anyone interested in the items that became associated with the British soldier during the war. With each of these items superbly illustrated and described in detail, Peter Doyle and Paul Evans are also able to narrate lucidly the events that unfolded during World War II.”