Debs at War: 1939-1945 - Women in History (Paperback)
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Debs at War: 1939-1945 - Women in History (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 05/05/2022
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An extraordinary account - from firsthand sources - of upper class women and the active part they took in the War

Pre-war debutantes were members of the most protected, not to say isolated, stratum of 20th-century society: the young (17-20) unmarried daughters of the British upper classes. For most of them, the war changed all that for ever. It meant independence and the shock of the new, and daily exposure to customs and attitudes that must have seemed completely alien to them. For many, the almost military regime of an upper class childhood meant they were well suited for the no-nonsense approach needed in wartime.

This book records the extraordinary diversity of challenges, shocks and responsibilities they faced - as chauffeurs, couriers, ambulance-drivers, nurses, pilots, spies, decoders, factory workers, farmers, land girls, as well as in the Women's Services. How much did class barriers really come down? Did they stick with their own sort? And what about fun and love in wartime - did love cross the class barriers?

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474625166
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A wonderful slice of social history, and Anne de Courcy is a skilled interviewer with a sure eye for the telling quotation or the stand-out detail - MAIL ON SUNDAY

Produces some memorable cameos. Among the most memorable are those of a young girl delivering local post from her grandmother's Scottish estate with a 4.10 rifle slung over her shoulder, ready to fire at German planes, oddest of all, perhaps, is an account from one of Lord Rothermere's daughters, of tea being served on the terrace by a butler in white gloves while a dogfight raged overhead - Miranda Seymour

Despite their odd upbringing and closeted lives, the young gels of upper-class England rose to the challenge of the Second World War with grit and gumption - DAILY TELEGRAPH

This book records the extraordinary diversity of challenges, shocks and responsibilities they faced - as chauffeurs, couriers, ambulance-drivers, nurses, pilots, spies, decoders, factory workers, farmers, land girls, as well as in the Women's Services. - EVENING STANDARD

She captures within one book a vivid impression of those years, a short history of the women's services, a closely focused view of an exotic corner of social history, and a lot of human interest. It all makes riveting reading - LITERARY REVIEW

A tale of derring-do, make do and make-up... De Courcy reveals the innocence and bravery of these young women. - EXPRESS

DEBS AT WAR covers a quirky and original subject and tells some cracking human interest stories. - HAM & HIGH

an irresistible account of high spirits, derring-do and real old-fashioned bravery - EVENING STANDARD

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