This is an entry in a year-long project to post-blog the demobilisation experience for British servicemen at the end of the Second World War. See here for an introduction to the project and here for a brief overview of the demobilisation process.
Major Quintin Hogg responds in the British Legion Journal to the question of preference for ex-servicemen:
It was a common saying during the war amongst civilians that ‘We are all in the front line now’. If this meant that those who lived in our great cities had often to risk death and to undergo a considerable amount of discomfort, and that they did so with conspicuous courage and endurance the saying is, of course, a truism … but if the saying means that there has been in the main any comparable degree of sacrifice or hardship between those who worked in civvy street and those who underwent the rigors of life in the field or the prolonged heartache of separation from their families, I must say I have yet to hear more pernicious and dangerous rubbish.