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War's Forgotten Women : British Widows of the Second World War

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The Second World War widows were the `forgotten women', largely ignored by the government and the majority of the population. The men who died in the service of their country were rightly honoured, but the widows and orphans they left behind were soon forgotten. During the war and afterwards in post-war austerity Britain their lives were particularly bleak. The meagre pensions they were given were taxed at the highest rate and gave them barely enough to keep body and soul together, let alone look after their children. Through their diaries, letters and personal interviews we are given an insight into post-war Britain that is a moving testament to the will to survive of a generation of women. The treatment of these war widows was shameful and continued right up to 1989. This is their story.show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 14mm | 199.58g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0752461796
  • 9780752461793
  • 1,114,441

About Helen D. Millgate

Helen D. Millgate has written widely on the effects of war on British society, including "Got Any Gum Chum?" and "Mr Brown's War." Maureen Shaw is the daughter of a war widow. She lost her father in the Burma Campaign (1943). Her mother's experience of life as a war widow overshadowed her whole childhood. Both women live in Cambridge.show more

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