Churchill's Army: the British Army in the Second World War - HI767

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15) DR T Bowman
Canterbury Spring
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5 30 (15)

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

WAR STUDIES STUDENTS WILL HAVE PRIORITY ON THIS MODULE.

2017-18

Overview

WAR STUDIES STUDENTS WILL HAVE PRIORITY ON THIS MODULE.
The module will explore the nature of the British Army in the Second World War. How it reacted to the crushing defeats of 1940 in France and 1942 in the Far East before transforming itself into a war-winning force. The course will begin with the inter-war army examining its lack of doctrine and the confused role it had in British and imperial defence plans. From there it will move on to examine the transformation of the army from a pre-war small professional outfit to a vast conscript army, before concluding on the situation in 1945, the retention of peacetime conscription and adaptation to the Cold War world. It will take a broad approach to military history, studying the political, economic and cultural realities behind the force.

Details

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Contact hours

Minimum 2 hours per week

Preliminary reading

David FRENCH - 'Raising Churchill’s Army'
David FRASER - 'And We Shall Shock Them'
Correlli BARNETT - 'The Desert Generals'
John KEEGAN (ed) - 'Churchill’s Generals'
Shelford BIDWELL - 'Gunners at War'
E.K.G. SIXSMITH - 'British Generalship in the Twentieth Century'

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See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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