In the lead up to ANZAC Day, an intriguing selection of books related to both world wars have come on to our shelves here in the Central Auckland Research Centre.
In particular, I've been drawn to books written about women and their roles in the war, and one such role in particular. An estimated one and a half million women took part, it was highly secretive and every day they faced the threat of injury or even death – the job of making the ammunition.
And of course there was living with the day-to-day threat of being bombed by the Luftwaffe. The Swynnerton, Staffordshire factory, for example, was targeted several times by the Nazis, albeit unsuccessfully.
|Photograph from Bomb Girls, (c) Getty Images|
Bomb Girls is by Jacky Hyams and there are borrowable copies at Auckland Libraries.