Parachutes and Petticoats: Evocative women’s stories from WWII
Editor: Leigh Verrill-Rhys, Deirdre Beddoe
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"Welsh women engineers had no medals but bloody well deserved them. We gave our all to the war effort. We kept the boys supplied. We had to – there was no one else. "
It wasn't only in Europe and the tropics that women served their country, but at home… They were the backbone of the country's war effort, 'keeping calm' and 'carrying on' on the frontline and under bombardment in the UK.
Barbara sifted through the bloodstained paybooks and snapshots of the men killed at Dunkirk, preparing to pass on the worst news to loved ones. Rosalind was suspended from her protected job as a schoolteacher when she refused to sign Swansea City Council's declaration of loyalty according to her pacifist principles. And, after the war's end, Mary, a nurse, confronted the horrors of Belsen first hand, seeing some of the women she treated blossom in a few short weeks. There were always good times alongside the bad and still love to be nurtured amidst the enmity as all these spirited voices prove.
Category: Autobiography Historical Anthologies
First published by Honno in : January 2010
Contributors: Irene Thomas, Gloria Evans Davies, Elizabeth Wroe, Dorothy Thomas, Alison Bielski, Gabrielle Capus, Margaret Lloyd, Alathea Thomas, Eva Pettifor, Wilma Gravenor, Joan Dickens, Elaine Morgan, M Joan Morgan, Marian Henry Jones, Dora Lemin, Olwen Hughes Jones, Enid Mavis Mitchell, Mair Davies, Ellen Duggan, Edna Gorshkov, V Harvey, Lisbeth David, Muriel Graham, Pamela Barker, Rhona Elias, Betty Howard, Daphne Price, Eileen Gillmore, Ruth Newmarch, Barbara Buchanan, Eileen Jones, Mary James, Rosalind Rusbridge, Iris Cooze, Pamela F Sanderson, Nancy Walker, Phyllis Jones, Hilda M Howells, Maureen Kouroupis, Alison Bielski, Stella Morgan, Mimi O Hatton, Beryl Mills, Alathea Thomas, Sally Davies, Patricia Parris, Mavis Machin Thomas, Danusia Trotman-Dickenson, Johanna Wilkins, Menna Bassett, Kusha Petts, Betty Lucking, Violet Williams, Maud Prescott, Mary Evans, Betty Howard, Roberta Powell, Mary Morris, Elsie M Hughes, Rona Price Davies, Emily Bond, Margaret Emlyn Jenkins,