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Fields of Battle: UK Government and Public Attitudes to Sport in the Second World War

Hodgson, GR (2019) Fields of Battle: UK Government and Public Attitudes to Sport in the Second World War. Leisure / Loisir. ISSN 1492-7713

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Abstract

The Second World War, according to a British Government report, applied a ‘knockout blow’ to sport. This, the same Home Intelligence correspondent wrote, was due to lack of preparation by sports bodies for the conflict - an extraordinary example of buck passing in January 1940 considering that the military fiasco of Norway was looming and the overwhelming defeat of the British Army and evacuation from Dunkirk was a matter of weeks away. This paper will look at Government and public attitudes to sport between 1939 and 1945 by examining Cabinet papers and the Mass Observation and Home Intelligence files at the University of Sussex. These trace the journey from where sport was halted in the earliest days of the war - sometimes at the behest of governing bodies, on other occasions due to lack of resources such as blackout material - to it becoming an ‘essential ingredient in bolstering domestic morale’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure / Loisir on 8th May 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14927713.2019.1613167
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1504 Commercial Services, 1506 Tourism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Liverpool Screen School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 12:14
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 10:00
Editors: Smayle, B
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9871

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