Churchill's Army: the British Army in the Second World War - HIST7670

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) Timothy Bowman checkmark-circle


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. It will take a broad approach to military history, studying the political, economic and cultural realities behind the force.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 270
Total study hours: 300


Autumn or Spring

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay 1 3000 words 30%
Class presentation 10-minutes 20%
Essay 2 3000 words 30%
Thematic Timed Essay 1000 words 20%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Understand, evaluate, contextualise and communicate effectively their knowledge of history.
2 Evaluate the combat effectiveness, social structure and political complexion of the British Army in the Second World War.
3 Engage with the disciplines of political, social and military history and their various methodological approaches.
4 Improve skills appropriate to level 5 and 6 through completion of specific, differentiated tasks.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Communicate complex concepts effectively both orally and through written work. They will acquire the ability to further develop skills they have already gained, which will be of use to them in future study or occupations.
2 Demonstrate communications skills (S of H, Transferable Skills 1), the ability to integrate numerical and statistical information (S of H, Transferable Skills 2), and to provide skills in information technology
3 Work both independently and with groups.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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