Call Up: The Story of National Service - BBC - audio - Archive on 4

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  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    BBC Radio 4 - Archive on 4, Call Up: The Story of National Service
    Due to be broadcast on Radio 4 - 8pm - Saturday 7th March 2020. 1 hour audio.

    Call Up: The Story of National Service
    Archive on 4

    Sixty years after the last conscripts arrived at their barracks and queued for their kit, historian Richard Vinen uncovers stories of the two million young men who went through National Service.

    While some embraced the discipline, camaraderie and opportunities that National Service offered, others endured misery. Most never left the country, but some fought in Korea or the Malayan jungle, or found themselves in Kenya, Suez or Cyprus.

    As well as memories of parade grounds and patriotism, brief moments of terror and long months of tedium, Richard considers the absurdities of army life and post-war ideas of class and masculinity.

    And in an era when war with the Soviet Union seemed likely, Richard unpicks the politics of National Service from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, asking why post-war Britain needed its young conscripts and whether conscription changed Britain.

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  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Here's one story. Ray Wilson was a left back with Huddersfield, Everton, and England and a member of the winning '66 World Cup Side. Eleven or twelve years prior to that he did his national service with the Royal Artillery. Most of the time he was in Egypt, which he swiftly came to loathe. After he was demobbed he got a tattoo which read EGYPT NEVER AGAIN.

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