How the Girl Guides Won the War

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9780007356317: How the Girl Guides Won the War

What have the Guides achieved, since they began 100 years ago? Do they do more than sell biscuits, sing around campfires, and tie knots? Girl Guides have been at the heart of women's equality since the early 20th century – when they were garnering badges like Electrician and Telegraphist. HOW THE GIRL GUIDES WON THE WAR reveals the impact that the Guides had on the Second World War. When the Blitz broke out, they knew how to dig bomb shelters and provide first aid. They demonstrated "Blitz cooking", using ovens made from the bricks. Both Guides and Brownies helped evacuated children adjust to new lives in the country and many guides were taken as prisoners of war in concentration camps. Through this book, they tell their stories.

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Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including biography, fiction and text books. She has been a journalist in Africa, a producer at the BBC World Service and has written articles for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman. She has worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda, living in rural communities, travelling by canoe, bus, river-boat and train.

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`An enjoyably inspiring account of what was to be - for so many thousands of girls - an exciting and fulfilling time.' Scotsman`A stirring, surprising story' Saga`[Hampton] has caught the authentic tone of unwavering, not to say relentless, optimism characteristic of the Guiding movement.' Evening Standard`Absorbing and unexpected ... a sobering and inspirational book.' Mail on Sunday

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