Doing Our Bit: New Zealand Women tell their stories of World War Two
Jim Sullivan editor, various contributors, HarperCollins Publishers, reprint 2002, paperback, b/w photos.
This book tells the stories of fifty women from all walks of life, who were involved in everything from nursing wounded soldiers, to sending up barrage balloons, and running social clubs so essential to keeping up the morale of the soldiers. They include the woman who eavesdropped on secret Japanese messages, the Wren who trained men on naval guns, and the Waaf who ended up delivering Spitfires to military airfields. The experience of these women mirrored that of so many men; torn from their daily existence, flung into an unfamiliar environment, and then, when the war finished, expected to return to their old roles as though nothing had happened. Their fascinating stories offer a unique perspective on the Second World War.
Paperback, 2002, 238pages, good condition