Cheer Up, Mate!

Cheer Up, Mate! : Second World War Humour

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Cheer Up, Mate! is a compilation of comical tales and anecdotes from World War Two. Between 1939 and 1945 the world witnessed what is generally agreed to be the most horrific war in history. Millions died and millions more were physically or psychologically wounded by the conflict. Yet amidst the pain and devastation, people were not only able to survive, they also managed to maintain a sense of humour. For some, it was precisely this ability to laugh at their misfortunes (and those of the other side) that enabled them to solider on. This was especially true of the British, a nation whose reaction to more or less anything, up to and including someone's house being bombed to rubble, tended to be, `never mind, have a cup of tea'. In this collection of stories, which covers the armed forces and civilians from both sides, Alan Weeks demonstrates how humour can survive even in the most unlikely of circumstances. Alan Weeks is a former Senior Lecturer in History at St Mary's College University in London. He has written a number of school textbooks, including histories of the First and Second World Wars, and is the author of Tea, Rum & Fags: Sustaining Tommy, 1914-18 and A Bloody Picnic: Timmy's Humour. 1914-18. He lives in Hastings.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • The History Press Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • 0752496883
  • 9780752496887

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