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

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

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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.


Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and historian. He has written forty-five books, ranging from history and biography to fiction and poetry. Carradice broadcasts regularly on BBC 3 and BBC 4 as well as presenting the BBC Radio Wales history programme The Past Master. Carradice appears occasionally as an expert on The One Show. Carradice has previously contributed to Fonthill Media with The Battles of Coronel and the Falklands: British Naval Campaigns in the Southern Hemisphere 1914-1915.

Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Extent: 192 pages
Illustrations: 63 black-and-white photographs

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