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An Army in Skirts: The World War II Letters of Frances Debra Hardcover – June 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0871952646 ISBN-10: 0871952645 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press; First edition (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871952645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871952646
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,593,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frances DeBra Brown, a teacher, artist, and art conservator, lives in Yazoo City, Mississippi. A prize-winning miniature artist, her work was accepted by the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers for its art show at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, England. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation and has cleaned and repaired hundreds of paintings and has done conservation work for the Mississippi State Capitol, the Hall of Governors, and the Old Capitol of Mississippi Museum.

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I am reading this book right now. I am loving it. The author was in the WAC and the whole book are her letters to her parents. She also makes comments thru out the book if she wants to add anything that her letters didn't say. I highly recommend it. Esp if you are into WAC history. She talks in detail about uniforms, what was issued, what her parents mailed to her as a private purchase, etc.
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"An Army in Skirts" is a time machine built from the letters and memories of a young woman who served her country in uniform during World War II. Frances Brown takes us into her world in a straight forward, understated, and often times startling manner. She seems to have taken in stride the daily dangers from bombings in England and France. In contrast, her letters home speak of ordinary but very interesting details of daily life as a WAC, because war information was censored. Together, the two viewpoints make for a facsinating read into our parents' or grandparents' world. In particular, I was so impressed with the morals of her day, even in the midst of war.
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An Army in Skirts: The World War II Letters of Frances Debra collects the letters Frances DeBra Brown sent to her family, while she served in the Women's Army Corps in World War II as a draftsman at American headquarters in London and Paris. Chronicling her WW II service from her training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia to her assignment at an army air field in Florida to surviving buzz bomb and V-2 rocket attacks in London and witnessing the devastation of Paris a scant two weeks after the city's liberation, An Army in Skirts is the candid testimony of a woman's perspective - thoughtfully discussing the connections Brown made with individual people and the simple day-to-day matters of survival as well as larger issues of war and peace. Highly recommended.
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