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One of our ex-vicars went to Dublin in 1943 to fill the gap left when a curate came to England to join the RAF. After the war, a new vicar was surprised to meet a parishioner who had landed on the Normandy beaches the same day as he. Where might I find books about the place of the Church and the clergy in war? How did the Churches contribute? I am aware that there were outspoken critics of our going to war, but I haven’t yet found anything I wished to read.

May I immodestly suggest that the questioner may find my two books helpful: The Church of England and the First World War (SCM Press, 1996), still in print; and Dissent or Conform? War, Peace and the English Churches 1900-1945 (SCM Press, 1986), out of print.
(Canon) Alan Wilkinson
Portsmouth

I have a book, Chaplains in the RAF: A study in role tension by Gordon C. Zahn, published by Manchester University Press, which may deal with many of the questions being asked here. I will happily pass it on.
John Murch
Dawlish, Devon

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