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National Service : A guide to the ways in which people of this country may give service

A 56-page guide to the ways in which the people of this Country may give service - with a message from the Prime Minister; as originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office.

Recalling the National Service years of 1939-60, a facsimile from the collection of the National Archives, which was issued by His Majesty’s Stationery Office in January 1939; it was sent to every household in the country detailing the many ways men and women could give service to their country in peace time, from joining the Auxiliary Fire Service to becoming a member of the Women’s land Army. It includes a letter from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and a foreword by Sir John Anderson MP which urged ‘our one wish is to live at peace ... but if this is to be fulfilled we must be up and doing….’. At the outbreak of war on 3rd September 1939 National ‘War Service’ became mandatory. After 1948, ‘War Service’ was replaced by the National Service Act, which saw a generation of young men get a taste of the military.

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