Women at War- The heroines of WWII


On the day it is in ,international women’s day, it’s the perfect time to celebrate women at war and World War 2 to be precise.

Women fulfilled many roles during WWII be at on the battlefield or on the home front.They were nurses, pilots, secret agents or workers in the factories. Each had a part to play.



Below are just a few examples.

Nearly 350,000 American women served in uniform, both at home and abroad, volunteering for the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs)


A row of Harrods employees, each wearing the uniform of a different women’s service


Reporter Ruth Cowan (at te far left of the picture) and some other  women war reporters.



Nancy Wake served as a British Special Operations Executive agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance and was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war.


Hannie Schaft, a Dutch resistance fighter aka ‘Het Meisje met het Rode haar- the girl with the red hair’ she eliminated several members of the German secret police and Dutch collaborators.

On March 21, 1945 Hannie was arrested at a routine checking because she had illegal newspapers and her pistol in her bag. The Germans recognized her as the girl with the red hair, for whom they had been looking for so long. On April 17, 1945 she was executed in the dunes.


Native American women from Chemawa train to work in shipyards.


Yugoslavian female partisan fighters


Canadian Women’s Army Corps


After the Bataan Peninsula fell in April 1942, a group of Army and Navy nurses continued to perform their duties while imprisoned in a Japanese camp.



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  1. theoddpast says:

    Great post! I am currently reading about Edward r. Murrow’s reporters during the blitz and the little known facts that he had multiple female reporters that worked with him during the time.


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