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Conscription and the Attlee GovernmentsThe Politics and Policy of National Service 1945–1951$
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L. V. Scott

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.001.0001

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The Continuation of the Call-up 1947–1948

The Continuation of the Call-up 1947–1948

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(p.46) 3 The Continuation of the Call-up 1947–1948
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Conscription and the Attlee Governments
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L. V. SCOTT

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.003.0003

This chapter discusses the political fight on the continuation of the call-up. As the Chief of Staff’s review of Imperial strategy would not be completed for some time, the government was wise to avoid a decision on the issue of permanent conscription. However it was more than apparent that the scale of commitments would require significantly larger forces in the immediate post-war period than could possibly be provided by regular engagements. A continuation of the call-up was unavoidable. The discussions within government demonstrated the enormous problems facing the government in reconciling its domestic and foreign policy objectives. The issue of length of service was to emerge as the main focus over the National Service Act.

Keywords:   call-up, permanent conscription, length of service, National Service Act, post-war period

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