In the years following the end of the Great War, a number of texts were published by British veterans that portrayed the Anglican army chaplains with whom they had served in an extremely negative light. The writers who produced this literature ...
painted a picture of a group of ineffectual cowards who lacked spirituality and conviction, and who served no useful purpose at the front. Faith under Fire explores the wartime experiences of Anglican padres and argues that while this bad press was perhaps inspired by very real impressions, the picture it provides is far from complete. Drawing on a wealth of fascinating original sources, this detailed study examines the role of army chaplains on active service, their impact on troop morale, views on the faith of the soldiers who bore the brunt of the fighting, personal relations with these men, and the social and political projects they pioneered in post-war Britain.
Number of pages: 312
Date of publication: 08/02/2011
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