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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 13:49 pm 
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This thread is for you to share your favourites with us.
Recommend your favourite book, film or link to a resource
website here!
Please start a separate thread for any indepth discussion
on a recommendation, so that this "sticky" can stay as a pure
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Here are a few that may be of interest
They are all British
I haven't included ISBN as not all of them have the modern longer one but if you put the details into Amazon (or Abe books?)or the library you'll find them
Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the battle for Britain
Joshua Levine
Women at War 1939-1945
Carol Harris
What did you do in the war, Mummy?
Mavis Nicholson

Waaf
Sand in my shoes
Joan Rice
The Waaf in Action pub 1944
Join the Waaf in '41
Irene Park
We all wore blue
Muriel Pushman
Partners in Blue (this is out of print but you might be able to get hold of it )
Katharine Bentley Beauman
There are obviously lots more books that I could recommend these were just the ones that caught my eye on my shelves when I looked along quickly. Someone else add some more so I don't feel lonely


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Why Did We Join? by Eileen Smith
ISBN 1-903953-53-7
An account of the author's years as a WAAF at RAF East Kirkby in WW2

A WAAF at War by Diana Lindo
ISBN 1-873203-04-7
WAAF driver recalls wartime years

As We Were Beryl R Williams
ISBN 1-903953-76-6
A collection of first hand accounts recalling the lives of those who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force

Corduroy Days
ISBN 1-873203-48-9
The experiences of a young "land girl" in the Women's Land Army

Lambs in Blue by Rebecca Barnett
ISBN 1-873203-37-3
The story of three young women posted to Ceylon

More Pearls by Pearl Goodman
ISBN 0-9518315-0-X
An account of the author's experiences as a Land Army girl and as an actor and singer with Joan Greenwood and Ewan McColl

More Tales of a Bomber Command WAAF by Sylvia Pickering
ISBN 1-903953-46-4
Accounts of a Waaf at 5 Group HQ, Moreton Hall

Nina & Vic
ISBN 1-903953-69-3
The wartime correspondence of 192 Sqn navigator Vic Vinnell and his WAAF fiancee Nina Chessall

Occupation Nurse by Peter & Mary Birchenall
ISBN 1-873203-96-9
Accounts of a small group of nurses who provided medical care to the island of Guernsey

Radar Days by Gwen Arnold
ISBN 1-873203-49-7
A former WAAF Radar Operator at Bawdsey Manor recalls her experiences in WW2

Searching in the Dark by Peggy Butler
ISBN 0-952498-00-6
Entertaining illustrated diary entirely composed while the author was serving as a WAAF Radar Operator at Bawdsey (1942-46)

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Quiet heroines...Nurses of the second world war.........Brenda McBryde

Nurses at war....1939 - 1945 ........Penny Starns

Sisters in Arms....Nicola Tyrer.


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Patterns:
http://www.folkwear.com/
www.evadress.com
www.pastpatterns.com

http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_1940bag1.htm (some vintage knitting and crochet patterns free to download)


Fabric (original)

http://www.donnaflower.com/?vmcchk=1

Hair and make up

www.thefedoralounge.com
http://www.rationfashion.com/ (not up and running yet, but keep a look out)

40s sites with other links
www.cc41.net
www.40s.events.ukonline.co.uk

Reccomended reading: (basics)
Corsets to camouflage-Kate Adie
Forties Fashion (from the IWM) A handy reference to getting it right.
http://www.iwmshop.org.uk/product/19539/Forties_Fashion


Clothing
http://www.revampvintage.com/
http://www.bigbeautifulbarbarabrown.com/id1.html (40s inspired, but the 30s tea dress and 40s dance dress are both true period shapes)

Repro shoes
http://www.remixvintageshoes.com/
www.rocketoriginals.com

More comprehensive reading list for each service to follow

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*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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Womens Land Army and Timber Corps books

They Fought in the Fields: Women's Land Army - The Story of a Forgotten Victory (Paperback) Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (4 Sep 1997)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0749320567
ISBN-13: 978-0749320560


Meet the Members: Record of the Timber Corps (Women in Wartime)Hardcover: 88 pages
Publisher: Imperial War Museum; Limited Ed edition (19 April 1997)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1870423348
ISBN-13: 978-1870423342

The Women's Land Army (Women in Wartime) (Hardcover)
by V. Sackville-West

Hardcover: 220 pages
Publisher: Imperial War Museum; New Ed edition (19 April 1997)
Language English
ISBN-10: 187042333X
ISBN-13: 978-1870423335

Land Girl: Her Story of Six Years in the Women's Land Army, 1940-46 (Country Bookshelf) (Paperback)
by Anne Hall (Author)
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Ex Libris Press (27 May 1993)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0948578343
ISBN-13: 978-0948578342

Timber Corps and WLA Links

http://members.shaw.ca/relder1/

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/womenstimbercorps

http://landarmy.org.uk/

http://caber.open.ac.uk/schools/stanway/landarmy.html

http://www.defra.gov.uk/farm/working/wla/

http://www.homesweethomefront.co.uk/web ... wla_pg.htm

http://www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk/w ... a_home.htm

Mine and Mrs Riddiough's site: :D
http://www.freewebs.com/womenofww2/

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WWII British Womens Uniforms " In colour photographs "

Martin Brayley & Richard Ingram

ISBN 1859150322

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Some American info... (there's more but this will do for starters!!)

American Women's Uniforms

http://www.blitzkriegbaby.de/homepage.htm

Dressed For Duty Vol.1
Jill Halcomb Smith
ISBN 912138-81-5

Dressed For Duty Vol.2
Jill Halcomb Smith
ISBN 912138-85-8

American Women at War in World War II Vol.1
Clothing, Insignia and Equipment of the US Army WACs and Nurses, American Red Cross, USO,
AVWS, Civil Defense and related Wartime Womans Organizations.
Published by N.C.H.S and usually available on Ebay.

ANC related

G.I. Nightingales
Barabara Brooks Tomblin
ISBN 0-8131-9079-7

We Band of Angels
Elizabeth M. Norman
ISBN 0-671-78718-7


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Hello girls

as part of my research I have been ordering books from Amazon and 2 arrived today that seem really good, has anyone read either of these:

Good housekeeping : The best of the 1940's - it's very informative and also witty

Betty's Wartime Diary - not looked at this one yet, but it has mixed reviews on the web

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Hello girls, just to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed Betty's Wartime Diary, it was really interesting. I am in two minds if this really was a diary kept by this lady and found many years after the war or if it was written by the biographer. either way it was a real insight into the war years in a small Norfolk village with an Airbase nearby and how the locals managed.

I am now reading a book of personal letters written by people in the War, husbands to wives, Mothers to sons, brothers, pow's, women in japansese camps and I have to say it is enthralling and so interesting because you can feel what these people are writing as it's so real.....

I'm also reading Anthony Beevers Stalingrad which is great and has just finished The Final Hour about Hitler's personal secretary which the Downfall film was based on, was an excellent read.

kind regards

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'Women in Uniform' by D. Collet Wadge. Written in 1946, and full of B&W photos of the 'English speaking Womens services' during WW2.

Although not on their website, this is currently on offer from the IWM shop, for £4.99!

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Can we resurrect this one? Lots of same type threads started at the mo.....

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Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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Any for French Resistance? :D

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Depends, people tend to think that there was some special clothing for resistance and SOE, when really what you need to do is blend in.

What is your cover? Are you a teacher or a shop girl? Dress accordingly. Fashion was pretty similar as to here, separates (skirts and blouses) and frocks. The hair and millinery is where france differed. Much braver with their pomp rolls etc ...but again, only in the cities.

If you're going for a liberation look (ie active partisan) steer clear of boiler suits and trench coats, stripy t-shirts and berets. It only looks like a bad stereotype!

Culottes, simple trousers (perhaps mens belted in tight to fit) Have a good look at photos of the liberation.

Charlotte grey in film terms gets it right, she dresses to blend in with the crowd.

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*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


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I am undecided yet, but it looks like I was thinking along the same lines as you. Thanks Miss Spitfire that's great to just confirm I was thinking along the right lines :D

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for those of you interested in US Nurses can thoroughly reccommend "And If I Perish" covers stories of the ANC from North Africa, Anzio, Normandy . a brilliant reference book for your christmas lists.
Am also just finishing Debs At War which has been very interesting about the upperclass ladies who joined up.

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