Women of World War II Books

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  • Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

    Our Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

    Our Mothers’ War is an eye-opening and moving portrait of women during World War II, a war that forever transformed the way women participate in American society. Never before has the vast range of women’s experiences during this pivotal era been brought together in one book. Now, Our Mothers’ War re-creates what American women from all walks of life were doing and thinking, on the home front and abroad.

  • "Okay, Girls - Man Your Bunks!" Tales from the Life of a WWII Navy WAVE

    “Okay, Girls – Man Your Bunks!” Tales from the Life of a WWII Navy WAVE

    A lively and compelling autobiography of one of the first enlisted Navy WAVES in WWII. From joining the Navy to joining the mile-high club, Helen Gilbert’s life was interrupted and forever changed by Pearl Harbor, and she describes in very straightforward terms how it was to enter a traditionally male world. Whether recalling the Depression, WWII, or sharing her thoughts on the aftermath of Sept. 11th and the war in Iraq, Helen pulls no punches. A book chock-full of eyebrow-raising anecdotes and life-affirming stories.

  • We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan

    We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan

    In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor. After Bataan and Corregidor fell, the nurses were herded into internment camps where they would endure three years of fear, brutality, and starvation.

  • World War II Wac

    World War II WAC

    With most of the eligible boys in the Army and few to date, Helen (Kogel)Denton joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). As secretary to the post commander, Helen immediately raised her hand to volunteer when a telegram came in asking for a person to join GEN Dwight Eisenhower’s staff in England. Assigned a top secret assignment that she did not talk about for 50 years, Helen spent many days in early 1944 in a closed room, typing the orders for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France, known as D-Day.

  • Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II

    Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II

    This is the story of Nancy Harkness Love who, early in World War II, recruited and led the first group of twenty-eight women to fly military aircraft for the U.S. Army. She checked out on twenty-three different military aircraft and became the first woman to fly several of them, including the B-17 Flying Fortress. Her World War II career ended on a high note: following a general’s orders, she piloted a giant C-54 Army transport over the fabled China-Burma-India “Hump,” the crucial airlift route over the Himalayas.

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