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Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms
Women in the British Armed Forces during the Second World War

Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare

  • Publication planned for: November 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107601116


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  • During the Second World War some 600,000 women were absorbed into the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and the Women's Royal Naval Service. These women performed important military functions for the armed forces, both at home and overseas, and the jobs they undertook ranged from cooking, typing and telephony to stripping down torpedoes, overhauling aircraft engines, and operating the fire control instruments in anti-aircraft gun batteries. In this wide-ranging study, which draws on a multitude of sources and combines organisational history with the personal experiences of servicewomen, Jeremy Crang traces the wartime history of the WAAF, ATS and WRNS and the integration of women into the British armed forces. Servicewomen came to play such an integral wartime role that the military authorities established permanent regular post-war women's services and, in so doing, opened up for the first time a military career for women.

    • Covers all three women's auxiliary services: the WAAF, ATS and WRNS
    • Combines an organisational history of the women's auxiliary services with the personal experiences of servicewomen
    • Explores both the gender advances - and the limits of those advances - as represented by the women's auxiliary services
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107601116
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2020
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Revival
    2. Organisation and recruitment
    3. Training and selection
    4. Work
    5. Status and discipline
    6. Necessities of life
    7. Medical matters
    8. Off duty
    9. Overseas service
    10. Demobilisation and the creation of the permanent women's services

  • Author

    Jeremy A. Crang, University of Edinburgh
    Jeremy A. Crang is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of The British Army and the People's War, 1939-1945 (2000) and co-editor (with Paul Addison) of The Burning Blue: a New History of the Battle of Britain (2000), Firestorm: the Bombing of Dresden, 1945 (2006), Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain's Finest Hour, May-September 1940 (2010) and The Spirit of the Blitz: Home Intelligence and British Morale, September 1940-June 1941 (2020). He has also co-edited (with Edward Spiers and Matthew Strickland) A Military History of Scotland (2012).

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