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The Women's Army Corps

Book Two: The United States Army in World War II

Paperback (350 pages)
The WAC did not always understand the customs and traditions of the Army, just as the Army did not always understand the WAC.

The Women's Army Corps

This two-volume work recounts the history through World War II. Book Two begins on page 492 and picks up with the WAC's interesting societal and administrative history. (Book One and covers WAC origins and service in the Pacific. North Africa, and Europe during World War II.) This history is through World War II. It is the second of two books, beginning with Part Three.

This history of the WAC is comprehensive and detailed. The author has written it not only from available records but also out of personal experience. She was a WAC staff officer, who, together with all the other Wacs, found herself in a man's army that was somewhat shocked by the advent of a women's corps in its midst. It is usual for both newcomer and old resident to have suspicions of each other, but after the characteristic period of false starts prejudices disappear and confidence is established. So it was with the WAC and the Army.

This book stresses the misunderstanding, appropriately enough, since it affected many decisions reached at the policy-making level. The WAC did not always understand the Army—its customs and traditions, its organization and necessary chain of command. The Army did not always understand the WAC— its needs and temperament, and the many other things that man, being the son of woman, should have known but did not, much to his continued embarrassment.

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