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Greatcoats and Glamour Boots: Canadian Women at War (1939-1945), Revised Edition

Greatcoats and Glamour Boots    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 1-55002-368-3
Pages 215
Language English only
Price $21.99
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Written by Carolyn Gossage.
Published by The Dundurn Group, 2001.


Women in the military? To many, never was too soon. But by 1940, British women were out “doing their bit” for the war effort, and Canadians battled for that same right. Young Canadian women wanted to serve their country, “to free a man to fight,” as the recruiting posters urged. By the war’s end almost 50,000 of them were in the forces.

Carolyn Gossage has compiled a fascinating collage of anecdotal and documentary material. The colourful story of Canada’s “forgotten women” — those who volunteered for service during World War II in the RCAF Women’s division, the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) and the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) — entertains and enlightens. ]

The lively text is illustrated with photographs and sketches from public and private collections and from military archives.

The original 1991 edition has been expanded and revitalized to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the introduction of women into the Canadian Armed Forces.

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