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War Wives

(2011)
A non fiction book by

 
 
This is the remarkable testimony of the unsung heroines of the Second World War: the 'ordinary' housewives of Britain and Germany who were left to survive without their menfolk, sometimes for over seven years. The story is told in their own words - dramatic, funny, tragic, poignant. Each letter or journal, seen here for the first time, gives a unique insight into the effects of war on everyday life and relationships. Though women on both sides were forced to regard each other as enemies, this book demonstrates that their sufferings were universal - a compelling plea for peace.

Above all, the stories are human, full of pathos and humour: from the young women left alone without fathers for their children to the women whose husbands never returned; from the women who remained faithful to those who joyously or guiltily embraced a new love; from the women whose mental suffering can hardly be imagined, to those who learned a new trade and emerged at the end of the war as strong new people who found it difficult to return to the world of the 1930s.

This is their powerful document.

This unique record of oral history, illustrated with contemporary photos, will prove a timely witness to the courage of the woman-in-the-street in Britain and Germany.



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Used availability for Eileen Townsend's War Wives

Hardback Editions

April 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: War Wives
Author(s): Eileen Townsend, Colin Townsend
ISBN: 0-246-13388-0 / 978-0-246-13388-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
Availability: Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

March 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: War Wives
Author(s): Eileen Townsend, Colin Townsend
ISBN: 0-586-20740-6 / 978-0-586-20740-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: War Wives
Author(s): Eileen Townsend, Colin Townsend
Publisher: Peach Publishing
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