Women's Autobiographies on the Age of the Second World War

This bibliography focuses on women's autobiographies, diaries and memoirs (as well as a few letter connections). These authors participated in and/or lived through various, Western armed conflict and wrote about their experiences in English, French, German or Russian.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Chinese Civil War (1927–50)
  • Spanish Civil War (1936–39)
  • Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45)
  • Second World War (1939–45)

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Adkins, Yolanda. Skirt Patrol: Women's Army Corps, Army of the United States. New York: Vantage Press, Inc., 1993.
Old Waves Tales: Navy Women: Memories of World War II, Edited by Marie Bennett Alsmeyer. Conway, AR: HAMBA Books, 1982.
Alsmeyer, Marie Bennett. The Way of the Waves: Women in the Navy. Conway, AK: HAMBA Books, 1981.
Veterans History Project. Washington DC, 2000.
Andreas-Friedrich, Ruth. Battleground Berlin: Diaries, 1945-1948. New York : Paragon House, 1990.
Andreas-Friedrich, Ruth. Berlin Underground 1938–1945. London: Latimer, 1948.
Anomymous, and [Marta Hillers]. A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt, 2005.
War and Women Across Continents: Autobiographical and Biographical Experiences, Edited by Shirley Ardener, Fiona Armitage-Woodward and Lidia Dina Sciama. New York: Berghahn Books, 2016.
Arendt, Hannah. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. New York: Viking Press, 1963.
Aubrac, Lucie. Outwitting the Gestapo. Lincoln, NE, USA: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
Avericheva, Sofʹi︠a︡. Dnevnik Razvedchit︠s︡y. Moskva: Voen. izd-vo, 1986.
Bearmon, Jeanne Goldoff. Coming Back to Myself: A Memoir of Jeanne Goldoff Bearmon. St. Paul, MN: Memoirs, Inc., 2008.
Bell, Iris Y. Los Alamos WAACs/WACs, World War II, 1943-1946. Sarasota, FL: Coastal Printing, Inc. , 1993.
Bielenberg, Christabel. The Past is Myself & The Road Ahead. London: Corgi Books, 2011.
Birnie, Lisa Hobbs. In Mania's Memory. [Vancouver]: Read Leaf, 2010.
Boccardo, Aline. Sternbild der Freiheit: Tagebuch einer Flucht. Stuttgart; Wien: Huber Frauenfeld, 2007.
Boll, Irene. Erinnerungen an das inhaltsreiche Leben einer körperbehinderten Ärztin und Hämatologin. Herzogenrath, Germany: Verlag Murken-Altrogge, 2004.
Boulle, Georges, and Pierre Le Goyet. Le Corps expéditionnaire français en Italie 1943-1944, par le lieutenant-colonel Georges Boulle. Paris: Imprint nationale, 1971.
Bowman, Phylis. We Skirted the War!. Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada: P. Bowman, 1975.
Bridgers, Jean Johnson. Stand in for a Soldier. Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1997.
Brodsky, Alexandra Fanny. Smoke Signals: From Eminence to Exile. London: Radcliffe Press, 1997.
Brown, Birdie E. Face it with a Smile. New York: Vantage Press, 1976.
Browning, Christopher R., Susannah Heschel, Michael R. Marrus, and Milton Shain. Holocaust Scholarship: Personal Trajectories and Professional Interpretations. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Burrell, Prudence Burns. Hathaway. Detroit, MI: Harlo Press, 1997.
Butler, Elizabeth Allen. Navy Waves. Charlottesville, Va.: Wayside Press, 1988.
Butterworth, Miriam. Lull before the Storm : Germany in the Summer of 1938. Simsbury, Connecticut: Antrim House, 2017.
Camp, LaVonne Telshaw. Lingering Fever: A World War II Nurse's Memoir. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1997.
Carl, Ann B. A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.
Cassidy, Anneliese. Oma: Life on the Other Side of the Atlantic. Lonsdale, MN: Self-published, 2003.
Chevrillon, Claire. Une résistance ordinaire: septembre 1939-août 1944. Paris: Félin, 1999.
Chrisman, Catherine Bell. My War: WWII - As Experienced by One Woman Soldier. Denver, CO: Maverick Publications, 1989.
Clark, Marie Mountain. Dear Mother and Daddy: World War II Letters Home from a WASP. Livonia, MI: First Page Publications, 2005.
Collins, Winifred, and Herbert M. Levine. More than a Uniform: A Navy Woman in a Navy Man's World. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1997.
Copp, J. T., and Richard Nielsen. No Price Too High: Canadians and the Second World War. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1996.

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