Armistice and After

The Post-War Struggles of Britain's WWI Heroes

Roland Wales

In November 1918, an exhausted Britain celebrated victory in a war that had consumed the resources of the nation as never before. Industries had been nationalized, and both rationing and conscription introduced. Over three quarters of a million men had died, while many more had been maimed or wounded.
Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
30 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526740823
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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In November 1918, an exhausted Britain celebrated victory in a war that had consumed the resources of the nation as never before. Industries had been nationalized, and both rationing and conscription introduced. Over three quarters of a million men had died, while many more had been maimed or wounded. But there were still 4 million men and women in uniform – some still fighting in far-flung conflicts – and bringing them home and putting them to work was a huge challenge. This book is the story of those 4 million men and women, set against the background of a turbulent economy, the continuation of industrial strife, which had been put on hold for the duration of the war, and the failure of the government’s plans for reconstruction. Returning soldiers struggled to find work, even before the short-lived post-war boom came to and end. And the subsequent slump, which began in 1920, would put two and a half million people out of work, and would set the country on a depressed path for years to come. The failure to deliver the land ‘fit for heroes’ after this war would have a big influence on plans for recovery after the next.

About The Author
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Roland Wales worked as an economist at the Bank of England for many years, and then as Policy Director at the Labour Party. His previous book, _From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches_, was published by Pen & Sword in 2016.

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