Redoubtable Wrens at War...their trials, tribulations and triumphs
A wonderfully evocative illustrated memoir that gives a rare firsthand account of what life was truly like for World War II Wrens, written by spry octogenarian Christian Lamb.
in 1939, before compulsory call-up, the young Christian Lamb felt she had to 'do her bit' for the war effort. Her comfortable life was about to be turned upside down.
But what to do? With her Naval background, the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) was the obvious choice, besides it had by far the most attractive uniform - topped by the splendid tricorne hat. But her hopes were dashed when, joining as a lowly Wren rating, she found this crowning glory was strictly for officers only. It was to be the first of many nasty surprises.
Christian wittily describes how class and snobbery had no place in a world of girls from all social backgrounds, suddenly plunged into life together. From scrubbing floors and squad drill to coding and catering, she peppers her pages with amusing observations.
This is her own story, starting on the bottom rung, progressing to the Operations Room that followed the desperate twists and turns of the Battle of the Atlantic - and eventually finding she was tracking her fiance's destroyer as he battled with the deadly German U-boat wolf packs. Here, too, are many other as yet untold stories from her fellow Wrens and Naval officers which embellish Christian's own extraordinary experiences.
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Published by Bene Factum Publishing
Illustrated, 224 pages