Women at War, by Brian Dyes

Women at War, by Brian Dyes
Women at War, by Brian Dyes

Booklet published by the Ipswich Transport Museum, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N6329)

This booklet contains a collection of photographs showing women working in the Transport and Engineering industries during the First and Second World Wars.

From the introduction: This booklet... looks at the ways that women became involved in both transport and engineering through the two world wars. The First War was called the "Great War" or "War to end all wars". Sadly this did not prove to be the case. The massive numbers of men who were called up or who volunteered for military action between 1914 and 1918 meant that the now industrialised country of Great Britain could not function without replacements. These came in two forms; women, who took over many of the jobs previously reserved for men, and mechanisation, which was accelerated so as to reduce the need for manpower. Both changes were to have lasting consequences.

Only 25 years after the start of that Great War, Britain found itself embroiled in a second conflict. Once again women took over men's work, not just as conductresses but also as drivers, welders, machine operators and so on. Unlike that first world war, the second was conducted against the daily threat of aerial bombardment with interrupted sleep and sojourns in air raid shelters for many hours. Casualties at home were all too commonplace.

This booklet includes some of the photographs from our collections that were taken during the two conflicts. Photography was frowned upon, especially in the second world war and so photographs are few. Wherever possible we have tried to establish who these women were.

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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