in Creating the people’s war
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This chapter discusses how civil defence communities were created and represented. Personnel were often left to devise their own strategies for developing a sense of community and esprit de corps within civil defence – as local authorities lacked the necessary time, money and interest – but on the whole they were enthusiastic in doing so. The chapter examines how local communities were developed, where boundaries were placed within them (on lines of class, age and gender, and between full- and part-time staff), as well as the benefits of community membership, including for emotional management. Even though many members of civil defence expressed the hope that these associations would be as active during peacetime as they were during the war, after 1945 they lost their unifying purpose and soon disappeared.

Creating the people’s war

Civil defence communities in Second World War Britain


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