Hard to believe proto-feminist organization had impact on first (nursing, working in factories or as messengers for MI5 replacing the rumbustious boy scouts) & second World War. Latter in multiple fronts & countries I never expected. However, they were organized & "Can we do it? Yes we can!" attitude had major effect in Great Britain's home front in winning the war.
Shined a light on neglected parts of history including 'Guide International Service'.
Having been a Girl Guide for over 20 years, I was quite interested in reading this book. This book not only portrays what UK Brownies(aged 7-10), Guides (aged 11-14) and Rangers (15-21) did during WW1 and WW2, but what Brownies, Guides and Rangers did in Poland, France, and other parts of Europe. There is also what an english boarding school with Brownies and Guides in China had done once captured by Japan. Some Guides were captured and inturned in concentration camps, something that I never knew before reading this book. Parts of this book were quite sad, but still very informative. Girl Guides having been created in 1909 was still in its infantcy when war hit, and it was amazing at how organized they were durring WW2 considering that there were no cell phones, or technology, the land line phone might not have worked had the lines been cut or bombed. In many places Girl Guides were banned due to how well organized they were, the enimies saw them as a threat.
If you've been a Girl Guide and ever wondered what exactly the girls did to help the allies win the war, this book spells it out.
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