The Girls Who Went to War

  • by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi
  • Narrated by Tania Rodrigues
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 forever.
Overall, more 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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Customer Reviews

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Important read

This book is another important read, to understand the true difficulties faced during WW2. These women show a remarkable strength of character and unfailing will to survive very difficult situations with courage and grace. I'm not ashamed to say this book made me cry for these women but also to laugh with them too. A fantastic book
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- Alison Jackson "book worm"

Loved it

What did you like best about this story?

The stories of each woman is written with great empathy and understanding. It was authentic and well researched. The women each getting a chance to speak about their experiences during difficult times and the comradeship they found were a joy to listen to

Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Tania Rodigues' performance had exactly the right tone for the stories she related

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to pick one

Any additional comments?

If you like this ear of history and are interested in a different perspective, that of ordinary women coping in extraordinary circumstances, then this is a good listen

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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited