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You’ll Be Sorry

How World War II changed women's lives

Authors: Ann Howard
(4 customer reviews)
World War II, History, Women serving in WWII
155mm x 230mm

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In You’ll Be Sorry! Ann Howard honours grandmothers and mothers in a superb account of women’s participation in the Services during World War II, and their ensuing battle for equal opportunity that set the foundation for the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 70s.

You’ll Be Sorry! is an absorbing account of the experiences of women serving in the Australian Women’s Army Service, and other Services.

Ann Howard captures the resistance and prejudice 66,000 women experienced as they left home to join the Services in WWll.

Their stories range across Australia and are recounted with unflagging honesty. Howard presents a vivid account of women’s growing confidence as they were given responsible positions, only to find there was no place for them outside the home after peace was declared. They returned to find the men had taken the jobs. There was a social expectation that they should return to their homes, have babies and carry on as before and care for the often traumatised returning men. Many of their stories are horrendous.

This book is a result of previous material published in the 1990s, and still in great demand. Many of the wonderful women Howard interviewed are no longer with us, so these accounts are historically invaluable.

There is some remarkable archival material… without doubt there will be calls for a second, augmented edition. Margaret Whitlam (Comment in 1990)

…a splendid account of women’s participation in Australian history: to the author and the subjects go our praise and appreciation. – Dale Spender (Comment in 1994)

Ann Howard

Ann Howard

Ann Howard loves life. She is an enthusiastic traveller and adventurer. She has ridden elephants through the Sumatran jungle; climbed Anak Krakatoa when part of it was erupting; made a 14,000 feet free-fall from a plane and rock climbed in Tahiti. She brings this enthusiasm to her writing and studying. She enjoys her grandchildren, her […]

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4 reviews for You’ll Be Sorry

  1. irst published in 1990, this edition is an augmented copy of two books previously written by Ann Howard, 1313 and her follow up book Where Do We Go From Here. Highly praised when first released, these books capture the difficulties faced by women in their struggle to be given the right to join the armed services. Eventually women recruits were reluctantly integrated into the three services. It was so successful that by mid-1945, 66,000 women were serving in the military. Through extensive interviews, Ann Howard has assembled an absorbing account of the experiences of these women. All were volunteers who were employed in a myriad of jobs. Experiences varied but the enjoyment and satisfaction they derived from their jobs was a consistent message. Many remarked on the new found confidence they gained from mastering their work tasks and the sense of comradeship they enjoyed. Yet the Army Minister, Frank Forde, could see no reason for retaining women in the service and so all were demobbed at war’s end. The sense of self confidence and achievement these women felt soon evaporated as they returned to their former lives where many had to cope with traumatised men returning from war. A splendid book.

  2. Despite the title, (the comment of outsiders), none of the interviewees were sorry! … The women’s impact upon the war effort was effectively doubled as many servicemen in administrative roles could be transferred to combat roles. 1313! is a work that will interest both readers with a military background and the general public as well. It is a very easy read, with some fascinating and humorous anecdotes and high quality photographs. Whilst there is no index, the comprehensive table of contents enables easy navigation through the text. A complete list of interviewees, by service, is included.

  3. Ann Howard in 1313 has brought to life a significant part of our wartime history. This book is not an official account of the Australian Women’s Army Service. It is better than that.Up to 1988, when some of the former AWAS members interviewed for the book were in their 90s, Howard uses an extensive range of their personal recollections to tell this historically important and socially significant story.

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