Are you tough enough? The image of the special forces in british popular culture, 1939–2004

  title={Are you tough enough? The image of the special forces in british popular culture, 1939–2004},
  author={Mark L. Connelly and D. Willcox},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={1 - 25}
This article seeks to explore the popular image of commandos and special forces in Britain since 1939. We seek to highlight the reasons behind the images of these forces and how and why it has changed over time, ranging from the presentation of commandos in wartime Britain through to contemporary Britain’s continuing interest in the activities and personnel of the nation’s special forces. In order to achieve this we have accessed a wide variety of sources, including the popular press, newsreels… Expand
Military memoirs, their covers and the reproduction of public narratives of war
Abstract This article explores the role of the covers of military memoirs in articulating and reproducing ideas about men at war. Drawing on the range of published military memoirs about service withExpand
‘This place isn't worth the left boot of one of our boys’: Geopolitics, militarism and memoirs of the Afghanistan war
This paper argues for the continued significance of the text as a source and focus in critical geopolitical inquiry. It establishes the utility of the military memoir in explorations of popularExpand
‘Commando Consciousness’ and Criminality in Post-Second World War Fiction
Commandos had a high profile role in the British war effort during the Second World War, and in the years following a number of popular literary representations engaged with the potentially dangerousExpand
’Nowhere else sells bliss like this’: Exploring the emotional labour of soldiers at war
Reading secondary data from military memoirs of recent conflicts through the prism of scholarship on emotional labour, this paper discusses feeling rules fostered by the total institution of militaryExpand
Gender and Military Memoirs
This chapter explores how military memoirs, the published autobiographical books written by military personnel about the experience of military participation, might be used to inform our thinkingExpand
Answering the Call of Duty : the popular geopolitics of military-themed videogames
............................................................................................................ ii AcknowledgementsExpand
Review of Periodical Literature Published in 2005
No abstract available.


A warrior nation
Under Prime Minister John Howard, Australia today appears to have turned away from Asia, returning to a Western oriantation. Has racial invasion fear, once expressed in the 'White Australia' policy,Expand
The British At War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945
Part 1 Organisations and policies: the MOI films division a policy for film propaganda the MOI and feature film propaganda the MOI and short film propaganda the crown film Unit the service filmExpand
Soldier Heroes: British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities
Introduction: Soldier Heroes, Masculinity and British National Identity Part I: Soldier Heroes, Adventure and the historical IMagining of Masculinities 1. Soldier Heroes and the Narrative ImaginingExpand
War Report (1944-5) and the birth of the BBC war correspondent
Nicholas, S. (2004). War Report (1944-45) and the birth of the BBC war correspondent. In D. Welch, & M. Connolly (Eds.), War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003. (pp. 139-161). I.B.Expand
For a discussion of these themes, see Mark Connelly, We Can Take It! Britain and the memory of the Second World War
  • 2004
Soldier 5: the real story of the Bravo Two Zero mission
  • 2004
The Great War: memory and ritual (2001); and We Can Take It! Britain and the memory of the Second World War
  • 2004
Coburn's story was also retold in the press: The Iraqi Officer's Eyes Bored Into Mine With Cold Hatred
  • 2002
The Story of the SAS
  • 1999