Hello, I am currently writing a novel and part of it is set during the early years of WW2. When the war breaks out I plan to have the protagonist (17 yrs old) steal his older autistic brother's (18yrs old) ID and join the army in order to protect him. However, I'm finding it hard to find material on how conscription worked, and was wondering if anyone could recommend books/ websites that will have the answers to the following questions... - I know the act of parliament in 2919 allowed the conscription of 18 year olds, but were they conscripted straight away? As I understand, conscription went in waves according to age group. When were 18 yr olds called up? - Were conscription letters sent to individual houses, or were people just expected to go sign up without being asked? - What was the journey between conscription and fighting, i.e, training, transport etc. Most of the books I have are general historical books about the war and have very sparse details about the realities of being conscripted. Being a novel I want, a.) to tell the smaller, personal story of someone in the war and b.) to make sure the thing is historically accurate. Any help would be gratefully received!