‘The Front Line’: Firefighting in British Culture, 1939–1945

Robb, Linsey (2014) ‘The Front Line’: Firefighting in British Culture, 1939–1945. Contemporary British History, 29 (2). pp. 179-198. ISSN 1361-9462

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2014.969715


This article examines cultural depictions of firemen during the Second World War in film, radio and the press. It focuses on the masculine identities ascribed to those unable to fulfil the idealised masculine role of being in the armed forces. The article argues that firemen’s
role in the defence of Britain gave them access to many, if not all, of the ideal attributes more commonly associated with the venerated image of the armed forces hero. However, such an image was temporally specific and only prominent during the months of the Blitz. As such, this article imparts important knowledge about men and masculinity in this period.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary British History on 13th October 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13619462.2014.969715.
Subjects: V100 History by period
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Linsey Robb
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 10:15
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 04:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32078

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