The Girls Who Went to War

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Britain saw a social revolution in both World Wars. For the first time, women were mobilized to augment the men of the Armed Services, but the process was even more widespread as the whole population was brought into the battle. It was total war of a kind not seen before. Theoretically, women were brought into non-combatant roles and at the end of the First World War, their units were disbanded, to reform for the next war. After 1945, the units continued to serve, sometimes with a change of title, but the debate over exposure to combat continues, even though women are now integrated into combat units. This new book provides a number of partial biographies to illustrate how women took the opportunities that opened to them during WWII. The writing style is inclusive and warm, the subjects drawn with affection, and the realities of life during WWII painted with colour.

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