Book Review: “The Second World War Through Soldiers’ Eyes: British Army Life, 1939–1945”


(See all my Book Reviews and author Interviews) – Author James Goulty published the book “The Second World War Through Soldiers’ Eyes: British Army Life, 1939–1945′ Eyes ” in 2016. Mr. Goulty has published three books.

I received an ARC of this book through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘PG’. The book examines life in the British military during the years of WWII. This includes women serving in the nursing corps and the ATS.

The major questions answered: How were they trained? How were they transported to their theater of operation? How did they spend leisure time? What was their entertainment? What was medical care like? How was it to be a POW?

I enjoyed the 6.5+ hours I spent reading this 208-page history. There were many details but the book was easy to read. I do like the selected cover art. The focus was not on combat, but the life behind the battle lines. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

Further Information about WWII in Europe

  1. Fighting Through to Hitler’s Germany
  2. Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War
  3. The History of WWII Podcast – episodes 31-36

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If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 450 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

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