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This review is from: National Service: From Aldershot to Aden: tales from the conscripts, 1946-62 (Paperback)
Perhaps this is my own fault but I had expected more from this book. When I first read the summary as well as the title, I was expecting a comprehensive history on the National Service, not only providing first hand accounts but also fitting them into a larger context, condition of service, etc.
What I got was a very casual re-telling of post-war Britain between 1946 and 1962 that in total covered around 25 pages with the remaining 300 or so pages being edited transcripts of the author's (Colin Shindler, PhD) interviews with former National Service conscripts. While these stories are at times interesting, they are never properly put into context nor do they really seem that necessary at times. Perhaps I'm more to used to those dry but comprehensive tomes regarding military history, but this seems a step down even for popular history.
If you're interested in knowing what a selection of gentlemen in their 70's and 80's remember about their time in the National Service then this is the book for you. For those actually interested in the history of the National Service, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.