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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Cole, Jean Hascall. Women Pilots of World War II. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1992.
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.
Coressel, Sibyl Germaine, and Shirley Coressel. The Duration and Six Months: Letters of a World War II Army Nurse. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library, 2002.
Cornioley, Pearl Witheringt. Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent In Women of action; Variation: Women of action (Chicago, Ill.), Edited by Kathryn J. Atwood. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 2013.
Cottam, Kazimiera Janina. In the Sky above the Front: A Collection of Memoirs of Soviet Airwomen Participants in the Great Patriotic War. Manhattan, Kan., USA: MA/AH Pub., 1984.

English translation of the original Russian publication, V Nebe Frontovom

Women in Air War: The Eastern Front of World War II, Edited by Kazimiera Janina Cottam. 2nd ed. Nepean, ON: New Military Publishing, 1997.
Crofton, Eileen. Angels of Mercy: Nurses on the Western Front, 1914–1918. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2013.
Cyprys, Ruth Altbeker. A Jump For Life: A Survivor's Journal from Nazi-Occupied Poland, Edited by Elaine Potter. London: Continuum, 1998.
Dammann, Nancy. A WAC's Story: From Brisbane to Manila. Sun City, AZ: Social Change Press, 1992.
Danner, Dorothy. What a Way to Spend a War: Navy Nurse POWs in the Philippines. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.
Dawson, Bee. Spreading Their Wings : New Zealand WAAFs in Wartime. Auckland, NZ ; New York: Penguin, 2004.
Women Overseas: Memoirs of the Canadian Red Cross Corps (Overseas Detachment), Edited by Frances Martin Day, Phyllis Spence and Barbara Ladouceur. Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 1998.
Day, Frances Martin, Phyllis Spence, and Barbara Ladouceur. Women Overseas: Memoirs of the Canadian Red Cross Corps (Overseas Detachment). Vancouver, B.C.: Ronsdale Press, 1998.
De Vries, Susanna. Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread: The Life of Joice Nankivell Loch. Alexandria, NSW: Hale & Iremonger, 2004.
Dearden, Harold. Medicine and Duty: A War Diary. London: William Henemann Ltd, 1928.
Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz et après...aucun de nous ne reviendra. Paris : Éditions de Minuit, 1965.

Charlotte Delbo joined the French Resistance in 1941 to aid the “Politzer group” in publishing clandestine literature. She was arrested in 1942, transferred to Romainville, and then deported to Auschwitz. Delbo was one of the 49 women who escaped the convoy to Auschwitz, but was recaptured and sent to Ravensbrück in 1944. This book is a poetic reflection on her experiences in Nazi concentration camps. After the war, Delbo worked for the United Nations.

Delbo, Charlotte. Aushwitz and After. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.
Demczyna, Tonia, and Ruth Howard. From East to West. Belleville, ON: Essence, 1996.
Densho Digital Repository. Seattle, 2015.
Denton, Helen, and Robert O. Babcock. World War II WAC. Marietta, GA: Deeds Publishing, 2012.
Diamond, Hanna. Women and the Second World War in France, 1939-1948: Choices and Constraints. London; New York: Longman, 1999.
Dowlen, Dorothy Dore, and Theresa Kaminski. Enduring what cannot be Endured: Memoir of a Woman Medical Aide in the Philippines in World War II. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001.
Drinkwater, Catherine Knight. Letters to Edgewood Farm from a Canadian Girl in World War II. Calgary, AB: Bunker to Bunker Pub., 2002.
Dunaevskaja, Irina M. Ot Leningrada do Kënigsberga: dnevnik voennoj perevodcicy (1942-1945) In Celovek na obocine vojny;. Moscow, Russia: ROSSPEN, 2010.
Earley, Charity Adams. One Woman's Army : A Black Officer Remembers the WAC. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1989.
Earley, Charity. One Woman's Army: A Black Officer Remembers the WAC. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1989.
Ebbert, Jean, and Marie-Beth Hall. Crossed Currents: Navy Women from WWI to Tailhook. Washington, DC: Brassey's, Inc., 1993.
Eckstein-Schlossmann, Erna, and Lorenz Peter Johannsen. "Eigentlich bin ich nirgendwo zu Hause" : Aufzeichnungen. Berlin, Germany: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2012.
Endres, Kathleen. Rosie the Rubber Worker: Women Workers in Akron's Rubber Factories during World War II. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2000.
Falk, Marga. Steps in My Life's Journey. Maryborough, QLD: Kay Gassan & Judith A. Grimes, 1992.
Farnsworth, Beatrice. Aleksandra Kollontai: Socialism, Feminism, and the Bolshevik Revolution. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1980.
Fâtu-Tutoveanu, Andrada. Personal Narratives of Romanian Women During the Cold War (1945-1989): Varieties of the Autobiographical Genre. Lewiston ; New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2015.
Fechtmann, Dora Cline. My Scrapbook : An Album of Memories from the Shenandoah Valley to the South Pacific. [Ocala, Fla.]: [Dora Cline Fechtmann], 1998.
Fessler, Diane Burke. No Time for Fear : Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1996.
No Time for Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II, Edited by Diane Burke Fessler. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1996.
In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War, Edited by Sheila Fitzpatrick and Yuri Slezkine. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.
Fourcade, Marie-Madeleine. L’arche de Noé: réseau alliance: 1940-1945. Paris: Fayard, 1968.

To obscure their trail, the members of the Alliance network only knew each other through the names of animals, Eagle, Stoat, Nightingale, Tiger.

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