War experienced: 1941–45

Robert Mackay

in Half the Battle

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780719058936
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700143 | DOI:
War experienced: 1941–45

Show Summary Details


Defeats and setbacks gave way to victories and advances on all fronts and the steady progress to victory was established. Part of the terror of the Blitz had been the fear that it was merely the prelude to invasion. When the excitement of Russia's entry into the war began to withdraw, and the news of her defeats and retreats accumulated, optimism about an early end to the war or even about victory itself receded. The issue of wartime separation is addressed in this chapter. There is a patchwork of ‘stories’ each of which discloses the private anguish of one separation but which together represent the common lot. Mass-Observation's surveys confirm that most people grumbled about shortages and loss of choice. The regime of wartime tended to criminalize many who were strangers to the courts. The final trial of the war served to confirm the broader story of wartime civilian morale.

Keywords: war; Blitz; Russia; wartime separation; Mass-Observation; civilian morale

Chapter.  20150 words. 

Subjects: Military History

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.