By Doris Weatherford
American girls in the course of international warfare II documents the lives and tales of ladies who contributed on to the battle attempt through reliable and semi-official army agencies, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of girls who labored in civilian safeguard industries, starting from plane upkeep to munitions production and lots more and plenty extra. It additionally illuminates how the battle replaced the lives of girls in additional conventional domestic entrance roles. All girls needed to do something about rationing of simple family items, and most girls volunteered in war-related courses. different entries speak about institutional swap, because the battle affected each point of lifestyles, together with as faculties, hospitals, or even religion.
American girls in the course of global warfare II provides a convenient one-volume selection of details and photographs compatible for any public or expert library.
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Army nurses were killed in hospitals in Europe as well as in Asia, despite supposed International Red Cross protection, and ships on which they traveled were torpedoed. Some two hundred were killed, and sixteen hundred earned military decorations for bravery. They defied dangers on a daily basis, and very few sought to get out of their military commitment. From the new “flight nurses” that ferried wounded men from the mountains of Burma to those who worked in isolated places such as Iran and those who staffed the battle stations of D-Day, tens of thousands of American military nurses had the experience of their lifetimes in World War II.
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Such women in the Army soon were dubbed “Air WACs,” but an analogous term did not develop for Navy women whose work was aircraft connected; they continued to be simply WAVES, the term for all non-nursing women in the Navy. Being an Air WAC was considered the height of trendiness. Because many women quite accurately feared that joining the WAC would mean endless KP (kitchen police), recruiters soon encouraged the creation of a new image—and reality—to counteract that determent to enlistment. The AAF, as a new unit, was progressive about new ideas, and eager to utilize the skills of more women, it sought and received permission from the army to operate its own separate and permanent recruitment program.
American Women during World War II: An Encyclopedia by Doris Weatherford