How the Girl Guides Won the War

How the Girl Guides Won the War

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A completely original history of one of the most extraordinary movements in the world - the Girl Guides - and how they helped win the war.

Mention Girl Guides to any woman and the reaction will be strong. They either loved them or hated them; they were either proud to wear their uniform or refused to join. Whatever their feelings, most former Guides retain strong memories of their experiences.

All too often regarded merely in terms of biscuit sales and sing-songs, hardly anybody is aware of the massive impact that the Guides had on gender equality and, more fundamentally, the outcome of the Second World War. In this eye-opening history, Janie Hampton explores how the Guides' work was crucial to Britain's victory. When the Blitz broke out, the Guides knew what to do. They kept up morale in bomb shelters, demonstrating 'blitz cooking' with emergency ovens made from the bricks of bombed houses at the request of the Ministry of Food. They grew food on their company allotments and knitted for the entire country. The embodiment of the Home Front spirit, they dug shelters, provided crucial First Aid, and also assisted the millions of children who were forced to flee their city homes to safer places in the country.

It is difficult to imagine what the war effort would have looked like without the Guides. Full of fond and funny anecdotes and rich social history, 'How the Guides Won the War' takes us on the journey of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary movements.

Publisher: London : HarperPress, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©2010.
ISBN: 9780007356324
Characteristics: xxvi, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,20 cm.


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Apr 06, 2018

Hard to believe proto-feminist organization had impact on first (nursing, working in factories or as messengers for MI5 replacing the rumbustious boy scouts) & second World War. Latter in multiple fronts & countries I never expected. However, they were organized & "Can we do it? Yes we can!" attitude had major effect in Great Britain's home front in winning the war.
Shined a light on neglected parts of history including 'Guide International Service'.

Aug 19, 2012

Having been a Girl Guide for over 20 years, I was quite interested in reading this book. This book not only portrays what UK Brownies(aged 7-10), Guides (aged 11-14) and Rangers (15-21) did during WW1 and WW2, but what Brownies, Guides and Rangers did in Poland, France, and other parts of Europe. There is also what an english boarding school with Brownies and Guides in China had done once captured by Japan. Some Guides were captured and inturned in concentration camps, something that I never knew before reading this book. Parts of this book were quite sad, but still very informative. Girl Guides having been created in 1909 was still in its infantcy when war hit, and it was amazing at how organized they were durring WW2 considering that there were no cell phones, or technology, the land line phone might not have worked had the lines been cut or bombed. In many places Girl Guides were banned due to how well organized they were, the enimies saw them as a threat.
If you've been a Girl Guide and ever wondered what exactly the girls did to help the allies win the war, this book spells it out.

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Aug 19, 2012

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