Allan, Stuart (2010) Individualism, exceptionalism and counter culture in Second World War special service training. In: Scottish Centre for War Studies, Glasgow University, conference 24-5 June 2010. Waterloo to Desert Storm: new thinking on international conflict, 1815-1991., 24-25 June 2010, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

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This paper explores the origins and nature of early special service training in the Scottish highlands and its influence on the culture of special service organisations during the Second World War and after. Focussing on the improvised training system devised at Inverailort House, Inverness-shire in the summer of 1940, it traces how ideas about special training developed in challenge to conventional British military organisation and thinking. The theory of organisational culture, including the role of artefacts in defining subcultures and countercultures, is used to analyse the place of training and selection in the evolving and uneasy relationship between special service and traditional British military culture.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Theme: Identities and cultural contacts
Department: Scotland and Europe (to 2011)
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Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 14:31
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 11:33

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