Introduction The Demobilization of United States armed forces after the Second World War began with the defeat of Germany in May 1945 and continued through 1946. The United States had more than 12 million men and women in the armed forces at the end of World War II, of whom 7.6 million were stationed abroad.… Read More
What was the National Service Act 1948 (UK)?
Introduction The National Service Act 1948 was an Act of Parliament which extended the British conscription of the Second World War long after the war-time need for it had expired, in the form of “National Service”. After a bill with the same purpose had been approved in 1947, expected to be implemented 01 January 1949,… Read More
What was the Military Training Act 1939 (UK)?
Introduction The Military Training Act 1939 was an Act of Parliament passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 26 May 1939, in a period of international tension that led to World War II. Outline The Act applied to males aged 20 and 21 years old who were to be called up for six… Read More
What was the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 (UK)?
Introduction The National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 was enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 03 September 1939, the day the United Kingdom declared war on Germany at the start of the Second World War. It superseded the Military Training Act 1939 (enacted in May of that year) and enforced full conscription… Read More
A Brief Overview of the Australian Department of Labour and National Service
Introduction The Department of Labour and National Service was an Australian government department that existed between 28 October 1940 and 19 December 1972. Refer to World War II and Demobilisation of the Australian military after World War II. Scope Information about the department’s functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements… Read More
An Overview of the Demobilisation of the Australian Military after World War II
Introduction The demobilisation of the Australian military after World War II involved discharging almost 600,000 men and women from the military, supporting their transition to civilian life and reducing the three armed services to peacetime strengths. Planning for the demobilisation process began in 1942 and thousands of servicemen and women were discharged in the last… Read More
An Overview of the Australian Department of Post-War Reconstruction
Introduction The Department of Post-War Reconstruction was an Australian Government department responsible for planning and coordinating Australia’s transition to a peacetime economy after World War II. The department was established in December 1942 and dissolved in March 1950. Refer to Demobilisation of the Australian Military after World War II. Brief History The Department of Post-War… Read More
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