In these Red Cross memoirs, some 30 women tell their stories of
volunteer work with the Canadian Red Cross Corps in overseas
postings during World War Two and the Korean War. These dramatic
narratives take us across oceans infested with enemy submarines to
witness Canadian women on duty in the UK, in Europe and in Asia.
The volunteers shouldered challenging and often dangerous jobs,
working as nurse's aides, ambulance drivers, welfare officers,
cooks, transport drivers and in the social clubs Canadian soldiers
visited on leave. We learn how it feels to survive daily bombings
and severe food shortages, to witness death and destruction all
around, and to acquire the spirit and courage exhibited by so many
'ordinary' people during the war. Laced with humour and filled with
grace, these stories are a testament to the vital yet often
overlooked responsibilities that thousands of women gallantly
accepted for the Allied war effort. The book contains many period
photographs as well as an illuminating introduction to the Canadian
Red Cross Corps.
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