One of the Boys: Homosexuality in the Military During World War II

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2010 - HISTORY - 373 pages
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Using a wide array of sources including long-closed court martial records, psychiatric and personnel files, unit war diaries, films, and oral histories Paul Jackson relates the struggle of queer servicemen of all ranks and branches of the Canadian military to fit in to avoid losing their careers and reputations. He argues that even though homosexual men were often accepted and popular within their units, if they were accused of homosexual behaviour, they were subjected to psychiatric assessments, courts-martial proceedings, prison terms, and dishonourable discharges. An influential and eye-opening study, the author has updated this critically acclaimed work with a new preface that considers depictions of soldiers serving in the war in Afghanistan and the continued silence about homosexual servicemen and women.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 In Search of a Policy
29
2 Military Law and Queer Servicemen
78
3 Military Psychiatry
110
4 Queer Servicemen in Canada
147
5 Queer Servicemen Overseas
182
6 Esprit de Corps Cohesion and Morale
221
Conclusion
265
Appendices
271
Notes
293
Bibliography
321
Index
335
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