“An important and inspiring book” — Dame Vera Lynn

From the authors of Sunday Times bestsellers The Sugar Girls and GI Brides, The Girls Who Went to War tells the extraordinary true stories of three women who served in the forces during WW2

Drawn by glamorous propaganda posters offering smart uniforms and the promise of adventure, more than half a million young women answered the call to arms during the Second World War. They left behind sheltered home lives for the rigours of the armed forces and an existence that was harder, and in some cases more dangerous, than they could have imagined. But along the way they found friendship, romance and a greater freedom than ever before.

From 19-year-old Jessie, who went from a quiet country village to shooting down German planes in an ATS ack-ack battery, to shy, timid Margery who found her self-confidence on an Air Force base in the Egyptian desert, and Kathleen, a former nanny with a lust for adventure who toiled in the Land Army before winning her dream job as a Wren, this book tells the inspiring, gripping and heart-warming true stories of women whose lives were changed forever by the outbreak of war.




  • The perfect Christmas present (11/28/2015) - Are you looking for a Christmas gift for someone special? This year, we’re offering signed copies of all our books – including Duncan’s WW1 title Men of Letters – for just the RRP plus postage and packing (£2.80). You can order using the button below, and request a personalised message written by us to whoever you’re […]
  • Join us at Waterstones Piccadilly on 29 May (5/19/2015) - Servicewomen, Spies and Spitfire pilots: the brave heroines who helped win the Second World War 7pm, Friday 29 May 2015 – Waterstones Piccadilly On 29 May, we are hosting an event at Waterstones’ flagship store in the West End, celebrating the brave women whose courage and heroism helped win the fight against Hitler. We will be […]
  • The Ack-Ack Girls (4/24/2015) - Of all the ‘men’s’ jobs that women performed during the course of the war, perhaps the most dramatic and exciting was working on the Anti-Aircraft guns. It was a female engineer, Caroline Haslett, who first proposed using female gun crew, a year before the war had even started, and it didn’t take long for Winston […]
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