The contribution of women to the Allied war effort during World War II (1939-45) was massive. Apart from their many vital roles 'on the home front', about a million Soviet, 500,000 British and 200,000 American women, and tens of thousands from other Allied nations, served in uniform with the armed forces. To put these figures in perspective: enough American women served to free sufficient able-bodied men to form 15 infantry divisions. It was not only in the USSR that their duties took them into harm's way; hundreds of British Commonwealth and US servicewomen died, and many were decorated. This book gives a concise introduction to the organisation and uniforms of these services, with an emphasis on the British and US forces.
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Table of Contents
· Introduction · British services - organisation and uniforms of Women's Royal Naval Service, Auxiliary Territorial Service, Women's Auxiliary Air Force · Commonwealth & Dominion women's services - Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India · United States services - organisation and uniforms of Women's Army Auxiliary Corps 1941-43, Women's Army Corps 1943-45, Women Appointed for Emergency Service , Marine Corps Women's Reserve, Coast Guard Women's Reserve.