The population of Britain were anxious but relieved when the ‘People’s War’ erupted in the twentieth century. The Second World War began for Britain on September third 1939 when Prime Minister Chamberlain confirmed at 11.15am “this country is at war with Germany”. The movement of people around and from Britain as well as a national character being formed created the idea of a ‘People’s War’. To identify if Britain was in a ‘People’s War’ and to what extent it stretched a definition must be understood. A ‘People’s War’ according to the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as a “war in which the common people are regarded as fighting against the ruling clas...
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