Drawn from a wide variety of social backgrounds and from towns and villages all over the United Kingdom, groups of young men who had nothing in common and who, under ordinary circumstances, would never have crossed paths with one another, were flung together, confined at close quarters and subjected to a crash course in military discipline. It was an experience that none of them would ever forget – traumatic in many ways yet fondly remembered by most, due to the spirit of camaraderie they shared with their fellow conscripts.
“It is true,” the author continues, “that we felt deprivation, homesickness, frustration, self-pity, rage, bafflement, and physical fear; but there were also moments when we felt satisfaction, even pride. We worked, we sweated, we wondered, and we moaned. But we also laughed. How we laughed!”
This laughter, which features prominently within the pages of this evocative and historically accurate account, is sure to be greatly enjoyed by any former National Serviceman.