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    Debs at War: 1939-1945 (Paperback) By (author) Anne De Courcy

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    DescriptionPre-war debutantes were members of the most protected, not to say isolated, stratum of 20th-century society: the young (17-20) unmarried daughters of the British upper classes. For most of them, the war changed all that for ever. It meant independence and the shock of the new, and daily exposure to customs and attitudes that must have seemed completely alien to them. For many, the almost military regime of an upper class childhood meant they were well suited for the no-nonsense approach needed in wartime. This book records the extraordinary diversity of challenges, shocks and responsibilities they faced - as chauffeurs, couriers, ambulance-drivers, nurses, pilots, spies, decoders, factory workers, farmers, land girls, as well as in the Women's Services. How much did class barriers really come down? Did they stick with their own sort? And what about fun and love in wartime - did love cross the class barriers?


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    Title
    Debs at War
    Subtitle
    1939-1945
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne De Courcy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753820780
    ISBN 10: 0753820781
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, JFSC
    DC22: 941.084
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JBSA, NHD, NHWL
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Illustrations note
    40
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    04 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Anne de Courcy was Women's Editor on the London Evening News in the 1970s and a regular columnist and feature writer for the Evening Standard in the 1980s. She was formerly a feature writer for the Daily Mail. Her books have specialised in 20th-century social history.
    Review quote
    A tale of derring-do, make do and make-up... De Courcy reveals the innocence and bravery of these young women. EXPRESS DEBS AT WAR covers a quirky and original subject and tells some cracking human interest stories. HAM & HIGH an irresistible account of high spirits, derring-do and real old-fashioned bravery EVENING STANDARD