British Women go to War
British Women go to War

PRIESTLEY, J.B. British Women go to War.

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PRIESTLEY, J.B. British Women go to War. London: Collins, [c.1943].

Large 8vo., original blue publisher's cloth, spine lettered in navy; housed in the scarce original dust jacket; endpaper diagrams showing the female population of Britain during the time of the war, and those numbers conscripted or involved in war productions, the Forces, and other services; pp. [iv], v-vi, 7-59, [i]; with 49 full-colour photographs BY Percy G. Hennell, one duplicated on front of jacket; a touch pushed to head and foot; the odd spot to endleaves; contemporary ownership inscription to ffep; else a near-fine copy, the jacket very good, rubbed and marked; spine ends and folds chipped with a little loss and some very discrete internal tape repairs; still scarce found at all.
First edition. A pictorial record of the role of women and girls during the second world war, with photographs showing a variety of roles including gun servicing, dispatch riding, barrage balloon handling, nursing, fire fighting, milling, engine cleaning, welding and much more besides. Priestley himself served in WWI, and was badly wounded in June 1916 when he was buried alive by a trench mortar. During the second World War he became regular broadcaster on the BBC, and Graham Greene wrote that he "became in the months after Dunkirk a leader second only in importance to Mr Churchill. And he gave us what our other leaders have always failed to give us – an ideology."

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