Possibly Amusing

The other day I was shown a booklet, that a friend had discovered in his Grandfather’s briefcase, from WWII.  The booklet is called ‘A Short Guide to Great Britain’ it was issued by ‘The War and Navy Departments, Washington DC.  It was issued to all US servicemen coming to Britain in 1942.  As you can imagine it is full of gems throughout, but there is one particular entry that stands out.  This is a direct quote.

British Women At War.
A British women officer or non-commissioned officer can – and often does – give orders to a man private.  The men obey smartly and know it is no shame.  For British women have proven themselves in this war.  They have stuck to their posts near burning ammunition dumps, delivered messages afoot after their motorcycles have been blasted from under them.  They have pulled aviators from burning planes. They have died at the gun posts and as they fell another girl has stepped directly into the position and “carried on”.  There is not a single record in this war of any British woman in uniformed service quitting her post or failing in her duty under fire. Now you understand why British soldiers respect the woman in uniform.  They have won the right to the utmost respect.  When you see a girl in khaki or air-force blue with a bit of ribbon on her tunic – remember she didn’t get it for knitting more socks than anyone else in Ipswich 

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