Girls in Khaki
A History of the ATS in the Second World War
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The story of the remarkable women of The Auxiliary Territorial Service, including such famous members as Queen Elizabeth the lorry driver and Churchill’s daughter, Mary The Auxiliary Territorial Service was formed in 1938 as Britain faced the threat of war. They took over many roles, releasing servicemen for front-line duties. This history describes how ATS members worked alongside anti-aircraft gunners, maintained vehicles, drove supply trucks, operated as telephonists in France, provided logistical support in army supply depots, and employed specialist skills from Bletchley to General Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims. It also reveals how they grasped their new-found opportunities for education, higher wages, skilled employment, and a different future from the domestic role of their mothers, and why ATS achievements forestalled any return to pre-war attitudes. Showing great skill and courage, the women of ATS were even among the last military personnel to be evacuated from Dunkirk, and this book reveals their extraordinary story through their own words and never-before published photographs.
- The History Press, November 2011
The History Press
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