As in his previous collections (At Ease and Men of World War II), photographic historian Bachner has raided the National Archives for the work of the Naval Aviation Photographic unit-which included outstanding photographers like Edward Steichen, Harry Bristol, Charles Steinheimer and Dwight Long-whose mission it was to "visually describe the war to the American people." In 150 photos, this group of "New Realists" depict the working lives of the first women to join the U.S. Navy, the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service). Taking readers into the training, transportation, work and down time of these women, it's clear that their efforts-as radio operators, aviation machinists, aircraft repairmen, public information officers, meteorological technicians and others-were taken seriously not just by the women themselves, but by the all-male team that documented them. As such, their photos convey beautifully the "We Can Do It!" spirit of the time, when sacrifice and service were expected of every American. In addition, Bachner's work in the National Archives allows him to include many of the women's names, deepening the connection one immediately feels with these skillful, revealing and charismatic portraits. This collection of little-seen photographs will undoubtedly make a valuable addition to anyone's WWII library.
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As a former WAVE officer (in the 60's), I love anything about the WAVES history, especially during WWII!!!Published 2 months ago by medicaremama
Wonderful photography, highly recommend for anyone interested in military history. I enjoyed this book as I served in the Navy during Vet Nam and Desert Storm!Published 21 months ago by Pat Childers
This was a Christmas present from last year. The recipient liked it very much. Vendor service was excellent and the product was of good quality.Published on December 6, 2011 by Indygolfer