BBC R4: Archive On 4 - Call Up: The Story of National Service - 20:00 - Saturday, March 7th 2020


War Hero
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.

A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4

Sounds right but I think they are wearing denims, that no-one could look smart in, rather than BDx
Agreed ..... and as I posted recently on another thread a well tailored ( including box pleats ) , shaved and pressed ( with the aid of soap ) BD could look very smart ..... two piece denims must have been bulk purchased on the concept of one size fits all .


War Hero
The programme is on this evening and then available online afterwards.

It sounds interesting.

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