Debs at War by Anne de Courcy audiobook

Debs at War: How Wartime Changed Their Lives, 1939-1945

By Anne de Courcy
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An extraordinary account—from firsthand sources—of upper class women and the active part they took in the War. Pre-war debutantes were members of the most protected, not to say isolated, stratum of twentieth-century society: the young (seventeen–twenty) 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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An extraordinary account—from firsthand sources—of upper class women and the active part they took in the War.

Pre-war debutantes were members of the most protected, not to say isolated, stratum of twentieth-century society: the young (seventeen–twenty) 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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Author Bio: Anne de Courcy

Author Bio: Anne de Courcy

Anne de Courcy is the author of many widely acclaimed works of social history and biography, including 1939: The Last Season, Margot at War, The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughters, and Debs at War. Her books Diana Mosley and Snowdon: The Biography became the bases for television documentaries, and The Husband Hunters has been optioned for a feature film.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English