Tessa Dunlop with Joyce Wilding - Army Girls

Tessa Dunlop with Joyce Wilding - Army Girls





Friday 5 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

11.30am - 12.30pm

Adults £12 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5

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In Army Girls, the best-selling author and television regular Dr Tessa Dunlop tells the intimate story of the final few women who served in World War II and who are still alive to tell their tale. She is joined by one such woman, Petworth local and former FANY, Joyce Wilding.

Tessa Dunlop’s Army Girls were the female soldiers in a war Britain wanted to fight without conscripting women. It was a vain hope, and by December 1941 for the first time in British history women were called up and a generation of girls came of age in khaki, serving king and country. Barbara trained to drive army-style in giant trucks; Grace swapped her servant’s pinafore for battledress and a steel hat; Martha turned down officer status for action on a gunsite and Olivia won the Croix de Guerre in France. Commemorating the 80th anniversary of conscription for women, Army Girls captures remarkable stories from the last surviving veterans who served in Britain’s female army and brings to life a pivotal moment in British history.

Dr Tessa Dunlop, PhD is an author, popular broadcaster, journalist and historian. She is best known for her work on BBC2’s Coast and a regular contributor on the Jeremy Vine Show on C5. She has published two Sunday Times bestselling titles; The Bletchley Girls and The Century Girls.

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