Tag Archives: World War II

Railwaywomen: from backstage heroine to train driver

Railways are imbued with maleness to their very core. Everyone connected with the creation and operation of railways was male: business men and financiers, architects and engineers, navvies and bricklayers, managers and operating staff. The masculinity of railways was reinforced

Secret Agent – Part 2

Yvonne Baseden

It took hours. We were all lying in this aircraft, you know on the bare metal and we could hear a lot of banging going on. We couldn’t see a thing. Then the dispatcher used to come round and say

Secret Agent – Part 1

Yvonne Baseden

Juliette Pattinson interviews Yvonne Baseden and tells the story of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII

‘the only black-out is the black-out in my soul’

British women’s poetry of the Second World War by Anne Powell … experiences connected with the blitz, the home front, symptoms deserted wives, and deceived husbands, broken homes, dull jobs, bad schools, group squabbles, are so much a picture of