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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Neufeld, Justina D. A Family Torn Apart. Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press, 2003.
Newby, Wanda. Peace and war : growing up in fascist Italy. London: Collins, 1991.
Noggle, Anne. A Dance with Death : Soviet Airwomen in World War II. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1994.
Norden, Cornelia. Anamnese: Eine Ärztin aus der DDR erzählt. Gransee, Germany: Ed. Schwarzdruck, 2013.
O'Farrell, Elizabeth Kinzer. WW II - A Navy Nurse Remembers. Tallahassee, FL: CyPress Publications, 2007.
Okubo, Miné. Citizen 13660. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.
Orr, Lois. Letters from Barcelona: an American Woman in Revolution and Civil War. New York, United States: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Orwell, George. Homage to Catalonia. London: Secker & Warburg, 1938.
Ostashevskaia, Galina. Shla na front devochka. Ufa: Kitap, 2009.
Ostrowska, Elżbieta. A Wolność Była Wśród Drutów : Oflag IXc Molsdorf. Warsaw: Państwowe wydawn. nauk., 1991.
Over, Essie. Ad Astra and All That WAAAF. Kalamunda, Western Australia: Literary Mouse Press, 1996.
Panlilio, Yay. The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Parsons, Martyna. Through the Eyes of a Child: Before, During and after World War 2 in Poland. Coogee, N.S.W.: Martyna Parsons, 2011.
Pattinson, Juliette, Arthur McIvor, and Linsey Robb. Men in reserve: British civilian masculinites in the Second World War. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.
Pavlychenko, Li︠u︡dmyla. Lady Death: the Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper, Edited by Alla Igorevna Begunova and David Foreman. Barnsley, S. Yorkshire, England: Greenhill Books, 2018.
Penny, Sabina. A Land Girl's Life: An Autobiography. Southampton: FL Farm Publishing, 2014.
Petrie, Noeline. From Kiwi Land to Tropical Island : Noeline's Story, 1940-1945. Christchurch: N. Petrie, 1997.
Pitts, Lucia M. One Negro WAC's Story. Los Angeles: Privately Published, 1968.
Pomykalski, Wanda E. The Horror Trains : A Polish Woman Veteran's Memoir of World War II. Pasadena, MD: Minerva Center, 1999.
Porter, Anna Horsbrugh, Elena Snow, and Frances Welch. Memories of Revolution: Russian Women Remember. London: Routledge, 1993.
Pullman, Sally Hitchcock. Letters Home : Memoirs of One Army Nurse in the Southwest Pacific in World War II. Bloomington, IN: S.H. Pullman, 1997.
Purdy, Verity. As Luck Would Have It : Adventures with the Canadian Army Show, 1943-1946. St. Catharines, ON: Vanwell, 2003.
Pyskir, Maria Savchyn. Tysiacha dorih : (spohady) In Litopys Ukraïns’koï povstans’koï armiï ;; t. 28; Variation: Litopys Ukraïns’koï povstans’koï armiï ;; t. 28. Toronto ; L’viv: Vyd-vo Litopys UPA, 1995.

First edition. Reprinted Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 2003.

Qiu, Peipei, Zhiliang Su, and Lifei Chen. Chinese Comfort Women : Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves. Vancouver : University of British Columbia Press, 2013.
Ransel, David L. Village Mothers: Three Generations of Change in Russia and Tataria In Indiana-Michigan series in Russian and East European studies; Variation: Indiana-Michigan series in Russian and East European studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.
Redmond, Juanite. I Served on Bataan. Philadelphia : New York : J. B. Lippincott Co., 1943.
Reitsch, Hanna. Fliegen, mein Leben. Stuttgart, Germany: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1951.
Riefenstahl, Leni. Memoiren. Cologne, Germany: Evergreen, 2000.
Riggs, Thomas. The literature of war. Detroit, U.S.A.: St. James Press, 2013.
Robinson, Vee. On Target. Wakefield: Verity, 1991.
Robinson, Gerda Hartwich. The Inner War: My Journey from Pain to Peace. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2016.
Romańska, Lola, Andrzej Romański, Wincenty Szurowski, Jerzy Beeger, Egerton Sykes, and I Chądzyńska. "In Their Country's Service:" Women-Soldiers of the 2nd Polish Corps, 1941–1946. Rome: Printed by Tumminelli, 1946.
Roosevelt, Eleanor. My Day In The Eleanor Roosevelt Paper Project, Edited by Chris Brick, Mary Jo Binker and Christy E. Regenhardt. Washington, DC, 2000.
Roosevelt, Eleanor. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York, United States: Harper Collins, 2014.
Rosado, Carmen García. Las Wacs : Participación de la Mujer Boricua en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Puerto Rico: s.n., 2007.
Rosenthal, Rose. Not All Soldiers Wore Pants : A Witty World War II WAC Tells All. Rochelle Park, NJ: Ryzell Books, 1993.
Rudomin, Franciszek. Z "Drucikami" od Oki do Warszawy. Warsaw: Wydaw. Min. Obrony Narodowej, 1977.

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