Guest Post – Women of World War II by GPCox

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We must never forget the women around the world who served in so many ways to help win this war.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

By: gpcox:  https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com

I want to apologize to gpcox because there are five pictures in this post and for some reason, they will not transfer when I post this article. I’ve tried it several ways and they just won’t come through.

As WWII unfolded around the globe, women were also affected.  Some found themselves pressed into jobs and duties they would never have previously considered.  Hitler derided Americans as degenerate for putting the women to work, but nearly 350,000 American females alone served in uniform voluntarily.  A transformation of half the population, never seen before, that began evolving in the early ‘40’s and continues today.

For the WASPs, 1,830 female pilots volunteered for Avenger Field outside Sweetwater, Texas alone and it was the only co-ed air base in the U.S.  These women would ferry aircraft coming off the assembly lines from the factories to the base.  They acted as…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 27, 2018, in Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 73 Comments.

  1. Women did so much! Both “on stage” and behind the scenes, taking care of things at home while the men were away. It really was a national effort on so many levels. We haven’t seen anything like it since.

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  2. I recently read a post from Bit of Britain about the British women who served in their Secret Service (MI5, I think but it might have been MI6). It was fascinating.

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  3. Quite an amazing mass of figures there, in regards to just how many Woman served in uniform throughout the War gp.
    After America I think the next highest amount would have been England, then again it might have been reversed considering England’s closeness to everyday effects of the War.

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    • The US had about 350,000 in uniform. It would be impossible to figure the volunteers (for any country) because I’m sure the number constantly changed. But in that war, they all need to be commended because it affected everybody around the world.

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  4. During the London Blitz of WWII my mother drove the steam engine at the docks on the River Thames at the Ford Motors Plant, Taking stuff from the ships up to the factory.
    During the raids she took shelter under the locomotives coal tender,
    Can’t think of a better safer place to have taken shelter.
    It wasn’t until a visit by the Admiral of the Nore who when told explained to her that it wasn’t exactly the right spot as Jerry thought steam loco’s were a nice target.
    Later in the war the plant was converted to making aircraft and my mother went into the factory making the instrument panels for the Beaufighters

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    • You know first hand how everyone was affected by that war, not like today where it is basically distant, a column on page 10 of your newspaper – how does that affect our young, naive generations?

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      • They think we exaggerate to appear smarter and wiser than what they are. I always thought it was a bad idea to do away with what we call conscription and you call the draft. I think it gives young men more sense of what life is really about, the comradeship and respect for your brothers in arms and those you are there to “protect”.
        It never did me any harm and I’d lived through a war

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  5. This was really good !

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  6. Great post! “We can do it!”

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  7. Always good to hear more of their exploits!

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  8. Met dank aan alle vrouwen en mannen die zich ingezet hebben om onze vrijheid te behouden

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  9. Good to see more stories of women who also served in WWII coming to light. Their contributions were very important.

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  10. Absolutely LOVED this!!! My Great Aunt was one of these. She was a journalist. My dad said she got a purple heart…for falling off a bar stool. I’ve not been able to trace the heart part, but the bar stool part I can believe.

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  11. Thank you for reblogging this, GP! During the WWII it was no easy life for them, and we have to honor their work till today. Michael

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  12. I enjoyed reading this post. I am fascinated by the women who were in the military during WWII. The role of women was evolving in interesting ways during this time period.

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    • We had so any troops in so many places, the women had to fill in. The circumstances forced others to see just what the women could do! Russia was ahead of us on that count.

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  13. There was originally no conscription for the ATS, the government called for volunteers and mother was among the first 50,000 to come forward. She is still very proud of her ATS number. Not that, being the British government, it knew what to do with its volunteers at first. Mother remembers having to dye a couple of her blouses khaki as there was no issue of complete uniforms…
    Things hotted up quickly though under threat of invasion. The women were taught to use rifles to the horror of the sergeant instructors and mother went on a course to learn how to disable tanks with molotov cocktails. She could probably still do it at 101!

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    • God love her!! Still feisty and ready to go for it at 101!! Thank you very much for her story, Helen, please shake her hand for me – aw heck – give her a hug!!

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      • Have to be a cyber hug…but I’ll certainly pass it on!
        She is rather more frail than she was…but still ready for action.
        She was admitted to hospital recently for a check up and some rash soul approached her with one of these ‘do not resuscitate in case of serious illness/accident’ forms. Even more rashly she decided to try to persuade mother that at her age her quality of life would make non resuscitation preferable.
        The charge nurse told me that the rash soul was blown backwards bow legged by the negative response, delivered at parade ground decibels with a little barrack room language in the mix to the effect that if Hitler could not manage it then she was d…d sure no one else could!
        Scratch a little old lady…and the ATS will out!
        Luckily she did not have a molotov cocktail to hand…

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  14. Absolutely a fantastic document. Bravo.

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  15. Perhaps I shared this already, but I enjoy repeating…
    https://tomdarby.me/2013/11/11/she-wore-combat-boots/

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  16. Excellent piece I just watched a thing on AHC about these women…hats off to them….chuq

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  17. Great image, GP. These women were not only good at their jobs but had to ignore conventional wisdom.

    I’m proud to have a daughter in uniform, too.

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  18. Yes I’m convinced that the women did a lot during WW 2. I admire all of them

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  19. It is so nice to see this post. Not just because I am a woman but because woman play such an important role as well!

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  20. Awesome post! Whenever I get around to my third novel, it is going to feature a WASP. 🙂

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  21. Hooyah. All who serve and protect deserve our gratitude and respect.

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  22. Wars are not won without women, plain and simple. The roles they have played are crucial in victory. As they move into more combat action they will play a even greater role.

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  23. I don’t think my comment appeared?

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    • Yes, it did disappear. I found them both in Spam. It seems since all this new “privacy” junk has been sending at least one follower a day to Spam – why after 5 1/2 years?!!

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  24. Left a comment ‘over there’ as usual, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  25. Thank you for sharing.

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