The author will be known to readers of The Armourer Magazine, but this is his first book and an excellent start. There have been numerous books on the subject of British women at war during WWI and WWII, but books in any language on German women at war are very rare – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Hitler's Girls, Doves Amongst Eagles FILE: R2619 AUTHOR: Tim Heath PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING:hard back PAGES: 239 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Luftwaffe, Hitler Youth BDM, RADw, society, social life, women at war ISBN: 1-52670-532-X IMAGE: B2619.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yc2xme6n LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author will be known to readers of The Armourer Magazine, but this is his first book and an excellent start. There have been numerous books on the subject of British women at war during WWI and WWII, but books in any language on German women at war are very rare – Very Highly Recommended. The Nineteenth Century saw global conflict and total war. Governments expanded dramatically and even the most liberal democracies began to move into every aspect of the lives of their citizens. There has yet to be a counter movement back to democracy and small government. It may come as something of a surprise for some readers to see that there was remarkably little difference between civilians in Germany and in Britain during WWII. All citizens were mobilized. Women became essential workers on the home front and included manning ambulances and anti-aircraft defences. Many were conscripted or volunteered to serve in the armed services at home and abroad. Germany could have been expected to conscript women from the first day of war, although there was a different attitude to the importance of women as breeding stock and home keepers. Pressure was frequently peer pressure and the NSDP began to encourage the young to join Youth Groups favoured by the Partie. The Hitler Youth is recognised outside Germany as a Nazi youth Group but rather less is known about the BDM for girls, or the RADw which was broadly similar to the British Land Army, to use female labour in agriculture. The author has researched carefully and crafted a very readable book on life for women in Germany, at home, at work, at war, and at play.