The Call Up: A Study of National Service in Peacetime Britain

Author(s): Phil Carradice  

ISBN: 9781781555262
£13.29 £18.99
A study of National Service in Britain in the immediate post-war years with many fascinating interviews.

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  • Stories and interviews with men who served their country

  • Relive combat situations of Korea, Cyprus, etc.

  • An informative study that is handsomely illustrated

The Call-Up or National Service existed in Britain from 1947 until the 1960s; it was the only time that young men were expected to serve in the armed forces in peacetime after the end of the Second World War. For many young men, it was a traumatic and revolutionary time, giving them experiences, sights and emotions that they would otherwise never have seen or felt. It was a social experiment as much as anything else and there are men alive today who are able to comment on their experiences and to tell the story.

This will not be the case in twenty to thirty years’ time and The Call Up: A Study of National Service in Peacetime Britain, relying primarily on first-hand accounts, is an important addition to the fabric of the UK’s military history.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555262
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 192 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 September 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 63 black-and-white photographs



Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and historian who has written over forty books, the most recent being A Pembrokeshire Childhood. Carradice broadcasts regularly on BBC radio/television and writes a weekly blog for BBC Wales History.