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Yes, I think there is a sort of simplistic idea in some quarters that all was immediately happiness and bliss when the war ended --rather than the usual sort of chaos and paper shuffling.
"To Bed with Fine Music" a short novel by Margarita Laski paints a fine portrait of a silly young woman who had had splendidly promiscuous war and was not looking forward to seeing her husband at all.
I am catching up on all your recent posts.


Hi Chris
I explored this theme with my informants and whilst a number of them were never called up and therefore not officially 'de-mobbed' there did seem to be a sense of deflation for some. It must have been a very disorientating time and I have described it as a feeling of disembodiment. I think there was a tension between what you were expected to feel and what you actually felt. The notion of feelings being collective rather than individual is also interesting - the use of the term 'we ' for example rather than 'i' when talking about the end of the war , or indeed the war in general.

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