London, New York, Melbourne: Hutchison & Co., .
Hardcover. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". 148pp. This book is from the estate collection of Evelyn Monahan, noted author of women's history titles. Lacking dust jacket. Purple cloth over boards with spine lettered in silver. Heavy edgewear and scattered rubbing to binding, with moderate soiling, sunning to spine, bumping to extremities, and warping to boards. Both hinges cracked, with webbing visible at verso of frontispiece and page 147. Foxing and dust soiling to edges of text block. Illustrated throughout in black and white photographic plates. A very worn, but complete copy of this exploration of British women's military contributions to the winning of World War II, "the Women in Slacks" doing traditional men's work, with sections on the Women's Royal Naval Service, Auxiliary Territorial Service, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, the Women's Land Army, War Workers' Clubs, as well as women in industry, shipyards, trade, and civil defence. From introduction: "It does not surprise women to know that women of the Air Transport Auxiliary are now piloting our heaviest four-engined bombers; it does not surprise women that Land Girls can drive great tractors; that women can drive what are commonly known as 'fire-engines'; that women can work in gas-masks; that a woman can run an aircraft engineering business; that a shipyard can be worked with ninety-five percent women....The men never stop being surprised." Fair. Item #2476