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Kitted Out

By Caroline Young

9780750992176

ISBN: 9780750992176

Published: 03-08-2020


Kitted Out

By Caroline Young

ISBN: 9780750992176

Published: 03-08-2020

About This Book

From the Glamour Boys of the RAF to the American GIs, the German Swing Kids to members of the French Resistance, Kitted Out: Style and Youth Culture in the Second World War is a fresh take on the history of the Second World War through a fashionable eye. During these extraordinary times, new identities, factions and hierarchies were created as young people were forced into a war not of their making. They may have been dressed in regulation khaki or Air Force blue, but driven by angst, patriotism and survival they took the opportunities that they could to express themselves and adapt their clothing, sometimes even to send out secret codes of resistance. Lives were also shaped by swing music and its style, allowing individualism to flourish despite repression and offering a rebellious counteraction to the fearful sound of jackboots marching in unison. Kitted Out tells the poignant and inspiring stories behind the uniform, the style and the self-expression in Britain, the United States, North Africa, and occupied Europe, which will be painfully resonant with a new generation of young people.

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