National Service: The Best Years of Their Lives - Trevor RoyleAndré Deutsch [Andre Deutsch], 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans otherwise a very well presented copy including the audio CD-ROM in flap to the front pastedown.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;
From the cover: “Today, in an era of pared-down volunteer forces, National Service is something of a curiosity — a relic of the post-war era. However, to the millions who experienced their two-year period of conscription, it was a required rite of passage and a defining influence on their lives.
National Service: The Best Tears of Their Lives is the definitive history of that last period of conscription. It looks back at an era where young men entered into an experience that changed their lives irrevocably whether soldier, sailor or airman.
Many fought wars in far-off colonial outposts, such as Malaya, Kenya and Cyprus, while others learned skills and trades that they could build on once back in Civvy Street. Whether positive or negative, the conscripts went in boys and came out men.
Trevor Royle brings together the personal memories of many of the National Servicemen and his own painstaking research into the subject, to create a book that evokes one of the key periods in post-war British military history and questions whether conscription has a place in twenty-first-century life.”