The Girls Who Went to War: Heroism, heartache and happiness in the wartime women's forces

The Girls Who Went to War Heroism heartache and happiness in the wartime women s forces The personal accounts of three young women who joined up in In the summer of Britain stood alone against Germany The British Army stood at just over one and a half million men while the Ge

  • Title: The Girls Who Went to War: Heroism, heartache and happiness in the wartime women's forces
  • Author: Duncan Barrett Nuala Calvi
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  • Page: 230
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  • The Girls Who Went to War: Heroism, heartache and happiness in the wartime women's forces

    The personal accounts of three young women who joined up in 1940.In the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone against Germany The British Army stood at just over one and a half million men, while the Germans had three times that many, and a population almost twice the size of ours from which to draw new waves of soldiers Clearly, in the fight against Hitler, manpower aloneThe personal accounts of three young women who joined up in 1940.In the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone against Germany The British Army stood at just over one and a half million men, while the Germans had three times that many, and a population almost twice the size of ours from which to draw new waves of soldiers Clearly, in the fight against Hitler, manpower alone wasn t going to be enough.Eighteen year old Jessie Ward defied her mother to join the ATS, Margery Pott signed up for the Women s Auxiliary Air Force, and nanny Kathleen Skin the WRNS They left quiet homes for the rigours of training, the camaraderie of the young women who worked together so closely and to face a war that would change their lives for ever.Overall, than half a million women served in the armed forces during the Second World War This book tells the story of just three of them one from the Army, one from the Navy and one from the Air Force But in their stories are reflected the lives of hundreds of thousands of others like them ordinary girls who went to war, wearing their uniforms with pride.

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    1. Giulia China

      If you leave the residence of the english Prime Minister and get on Whitehall Road you will find yourself in front of a big monument dedicated to the woman of World War II. A big metal rectangular block, almost 7 meters high, in which we can see 17 different set of clothing running around its sides, symbolizing the different jobs women did undertake during the war. Passing past it I always asked myself: who were those women? What did they do during the war time? Knowing almost nothing about this [...]

    2. ❀⊱Rory⊰❀

      Although this is said to be non-fiction, this is a highly fictionalized account, based on interviews with actual veterans, of three young women who joined the women's military services in Britain during World War II.The language level is for young readers fifth grade and above. Each of the three women was intelligent enough to pass exams qualifying them for duties with added responsibilities, yet they are made to sound like children.I'm sure that as far as the facts are concerned it's probably a [...]

    3. Angharad Rose

      Usually, I would never be into this type of genre so to speak, but being influenced by another author, Eileen Younghusband, I had to give this a read. It's about three young women who each go into the three different forces, the Air Force, Navy and Army. This book is truly captivating, non-fiction, yet sounds like it was imagined, It has opened up what usually would lay hidden and showcases the hard work that these women put in to help us win the war. As well as this it conveys the reality of wa [...]

    4. Ellesse

      A wonderfully well written book with the tales of three different women joining the armed forces in the Second World War. They take us on their adventures around the world showing us what it was like to be a women in a traditionally male environment. I'd recommend the book to anyone who want to find out a snippet of history within these women's experiences, I will most definitely be looking for other books by the author as it was engaging thought out.

    5. Kazimiera pendrey

      I got a copy of this book from my local library as they have a very good selection of non fiction books and I have a particular interest in the history of the Second World War. This was a great read as it was well written and very interesting . I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the .Second World War

    6. Ruby Tuesday

      I've read previous books by the authors, GI Brides and The Sugar Girls so eagerly awaited the release of this book especially as the War Era is of real interest to me.This book begins by outlining the beginning of the war in 1939, the military might of the Nazi's in comparison to Britain and therefore how important women were to the war effort. The book goes onto follow the stories of three women, Jessie, Kathleen and Margery who joined different womens services from the Women's Auxillary Air Fo [...]

    7. Josie

      [Audiobook version]Women + WW2 = my jam, and I especially love stories about women who joined the forces, but this was not exactly a scintillating read. There was one line which went something like: "The next day, Ginger went to sea. Kathleen felt sad." I nearly gave up at that point, because the whole book was like that, and despite the amazing things they did in the war, the bland writing style meant I never felt anything for these women. (Also, the audio narrator was terrible. Her attempts to [...]

    8. Naomi Sarah

      Well, that was disappointing. Heh. I couldn't even finish it - felt like I was wasting my time (which, I hasten to add, isn't my favourite feeling.)What I liked:1. It was OK, I suppose. I mean, it wasn't BAD.2. I liked that it had three main characters and that each chapter was a different girl. Jessie, Margery and what was the other one? I forgot.What I didn't like:1. The writing style. It just wasn't that good - it didn't make me smile or it didn't suck me in. It was just kind of WRITTEN. Writ [...]

    9. Shelly

      This was an unexpected but very compelling book.I listened to it on audio and found I didn't want to come away from it.Telling the story of 3 girls one joining the army, one the RAF and the other the Navy, during the 2nd world war.Each chapter tells a part of one of the girls stories and would start with there name so you knew where you were. I do kinda wish they had been told one after the other, because keeping hold of each story line was a bit difficult. But I can see how, timeline wise, it w [...]

    10. AlisonBoniface

      Fantastic book, a real insight into women's services during WW2. I'm not ashamed to say this book made my heart ache for some of the women and to cry. It also made me laugh with them . A truly inspirational book as these lady's showed amazing courage and strength of character in what must have been terrifying times. A must for all women

    11. Carlie Tottman

      I really liked the idea of this book but it just didn't really live up to expectation. The preface started really well, but then the actual stories of the girls were not that great. I found the style of writing quite immature, almost for a child's/young adult book, line's like 'they managed to get back to their beds without being noticed and they slept better than they ever had before' I found quite annoying. A shame really as I fee like this could have had a lot of potential, but I was quite di [...]

    12. Sandra

      Interesting and thought-provoking book about three teenage girls who joined the armed forces at the beginning of WWII. Jessie joined the Army, Margery the Air Force and Kathleen the Navy. Their experiences were life-changing, and it is good to read about the female perspective. It was just spoiled for me by the constant changing from one girl's experience to another, as seems to be the theme of some books today. A good read.

    13. Louisa Heaton

      This was an interesting read. The ups and downs of life during the war, especially all those cheating, lying men. Unbelievable!

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