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.
©2015 Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane Bryder on 04-08-18

Heart warming...

I recommend everyone to read and listen to this story. My nan was in the WRAF(sadly no longer with us) ....these fantastic stories brought my nan back to life. I wish I can thank these ladies in person for what they have done for our country. My eldest daughter in going into the RAF Police next year, so I hope she will have plenty of experience of life like these heroes. Thank you for this wonderful book.

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By Alison Boniface on 13-12-16

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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