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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Friedenberg, Zachary. Hospital at War: The 95th Evacuation Hospital in World War II. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2004.
Frolova, Lidiia Andreevna, Valentina Nikolaevna Prokhorova, Mariia Kotliar, and Rosemarie Papadopoulos-Killius. "Interviews mit Ehemaligen Russischen Frontkämpferinnen." BIOS: Zeitschrift für Biographieforschung und Oral History 8, no. 1 (1995): 129-138.
Gardiner, Juliet. Joining the Dots: A Woman In Her Time. New York City, United States: Harper Collins Publisher, 2017.
Gavrilova, Lidiia Pavlovna, and Eva Daeneke. Ein kleines Flämmchen : Wie eine Zwangsarbeiterin überlebte In Quellen zur Regionalgeschichte,; Bd. 11; Variation: Quellen zur Regionalgeschichte ;; Bd. 11. Bielefeld, Germany: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte, 2005.
Gerhalter, Li, and Christa Hämmerle. Krieg-Politik-Schreiben: Tagebücher von Frauen (1918-1950). Weimar: Böhlau Verlag, 2015.
Gilewicz, Alicia, and Steve Price. Frozen Footprints : Lessons in Freedom from a Survivor of the Siberian Slave-Labor Camps. Tampa, FL: INTI Pub., 1998.
Gill, Dorothy Cusprine. A Secret Place in My Heart : A Diary of a World War II WAC. San Jose, CA: Writers Club Press, 2000.
Ginzburg, Evgeniia. Within the Whirlwind. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.
Gobetti, Ada. Partisan Diary: A Woman’s Life in the Italian Resistance. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Goldman, Stanley A. Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: the Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
Grahn, Elna Hilliard. In the Company of WACs. Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, 1993.
Graydon, Mary Ellen. Love and War : One WAC Remembers World War II. s.l.: s.n., 1998.
Green, Anne Bosanko. One Woman's War : Letters Home from the Women's Army Corps, 1944-1946. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1989.
Gregory, Doris. How I Won the War for the Allies : One Sassy Canadian Soldier's Story. Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 2014.
Grimm, Monika. Do You Have a Cigarette for my Father?: Eine Kindheit nach dem Krieg. Bremen, Germany: Hauschild, 1997.
Guillemot, Gisèle. Résistante: mémoires d'une femme, de la résistance à la déportation, Edited by Samuel Humez. Neuilly-sur-Seine: Lafon, 2009.

Gisèle Guillemot entered the French Resistance as a teenager, joining both the French Communist Party, and the National Front, a Communist resistance movement. She worked as a liaison agent under the pseudonym “Annick,” until she was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943. She and her comrades were condemned to death, but she was deported to Ravensbrück because German law forbade shooting women. Guillemot was liberated from Mauthausen in 1945 by the Red Cross. She was made a Commander of the Légion d’honneur and received the medal of the Resistance.

Gurr-Jazlowiecki, Hanna. A Girl Soldier from Warsaw: An Immigrant's Memoir. Victoria, B.C.: Polish White Eagle Association, 2006.
Hahn-Beer, Edith. The Nazi Officer's Wife : How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust, Edited by Susan Dworkin. New York, United States: Rob Weibach Books/William Morrow, 1999.
Hancock, Joy. Lady in the Navy: A Personal Reminiscence. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2002.
Harris, Carol. Women at War: In Uniform, 1939-1945. Stroud, UK: Sutton, 2003.
Haskell, Ruth G. Helmets and Lipstick. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1944.
Hertig, Victoria. Flowers of Hope: A Memoir. Troy, MI: Momentum Books, 1996.
Himmelstoss, Elisabeth. --Und Ich Konnte Nichts Ändern!: Odyssee einer Nachrichtenhelferin. Berlin: E.S. Mittler, 1994.
Hodgson, Marion Stegemen. Winning my Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996.
Hoffman, Laura A. Laura's War. San Diego: Distributed by Silver Threads, 2003.
Holt, Lorissa Wilfong. I Remember: A Memoir of Nazi Invasion, Forced Exile and Concentration Camp. Boise, ID: Book Lore Publications, 2008.
Hunter, Gladys Holladay. Assignment Tokyo. San Francisco: Nettleton Books, 1980.
Imperial War Museums. Imperial War Museums. London.
Internet Archive. United States, 2014.
Jackson, Wilma Leona, and Paul Stillwell. The Reminiscences of Captain Wilma Leona Jackson, Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired). Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute, 1999.

Transcript of interview recorded Sept. 26, 1986; tapes held at U.S. Naval Institute.

Jestin, Catherine. A War Bride's Story: An Autobiography. Plainville, CT: Briarwood Print. Co., 1995.
Johnson, Nona J. Hall. Our Home on the Hill, 1943-1946. Eagle River, AK: Eagle River Type & Graphics, 1996.
Jones, Marjorie Bevan. Pieces of Cake: The Diary of a Wartime WAAF, 1940-1942. Bangor, ME: University of Wales , 2005.
Jopling, Lucy Wilson. Warrior in White. San Antonio, TX: Watercress Press, 1990.
Katin, Zelma, and Louis Katin. "Clippie". The Autobiography of a War Time Conductress. London: John Gifford Ltd., 1944.
Kazakov, A. Zhenshchiny na Zashchite Otechestva 1941-1945 gg.. Moskva: Rossiĭskiĭ Komitet Veteranov Voĭny, 1995.
Kellner, Friedrich. My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner - A German Against the Third Reich, Edited by Robert Scott Kellner., 2019.
Kellner, Friedrich. My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner - A German Against the Third Reich. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Kelsey, Marion. Victory Harvest : Diary of a Canadian in the Women's Land Army, 1940 - 1944. Montreal : McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1997.