[Epub] ↠ Strictly G.I. Author Patricia Arnold – Jwdfitness.co.uk

Strictly G.I. This Book Is A View Of WWII Enlisted Life From The WAC Perspective Wanda Maintains A Positive Outlook During Her Time A A WAC Strictly GI Is A Historical Account Of World War II From One Of The First Female Soldiers Created From An Actual Collection Of Letters And Vmail Wanda Served In The Th WAAC Post Hq Co The First Group Of Womens Auxiliary Army Corps WAAC During World War II To Be Sent Overseas Strictly GI Is A Phrase Wanda Used To Describe Herself She Advanced Quickly In The Ranks, And Shared Her Proudest Moments In The Letters, Beginning With Her Initial Training In Des Moines To Marches Before The General In North Africa She Also Shares Humorous Moments And Interesting Observations Here Is A Quote From One Vmail We Have A Radio In Our Room And Whenever We Get A Short Wave Station From The States, It Makes A Person Stop And Think You Don T Know You Can T Possibly Know What War Really Is In All Reality The Letters Document Wanda S Training In At Fort Des Moines, Iowa To The Dispatch Of Her Unit Overseas To French North Africa Wanda S Portrayal Of Life As A Teletypist Is Lively And Descriptive Also Unfolding In The Letters Is Her Concern For Her Male Counterparts, And Her Growing Affection For One Special Soldier Women In America Will Be Inspired Wanda S Witt And Resilience Unlike Servicemen, The Auxiliaries Could Not Receive Overseas Pay Or Government Life Insurance If They Became Sick Or Wounded, They Would Not Receive Veterans Hospitalization If They Were Killed, Their Parents Received No Death Gratuity Enjoy This First Person Account Of WWII From The Perspective Of A Hard Working And Very Human Female Soldier NOTE This Sequential Set Of Letters Are From Wanda Only Any Return Correspondence From Family And Friends Has Been Lost To Time Because Wanda S Letters Home Are Historical, The Author Hasn T Recreated Any Letters Written To Wanda

10 thoughts on “Strictly G.I.

  1. says:

    This collection of letters saved through several generations gives the experiences of a young WAC during WWII Since we don t have the replies, there are a few mysteries here, but that s part of the fun The biggest mystery, to me, is why the editor s mother daughter of the letter writer forbade her from reading the letters, even after Wanda Renn had died, and even when she the editor was well into her adulthood Now that I ve read them, I don t understand this I would be proud to share this young woman s thoughts, enthusiasm, humor and sheer pride at doing her little bit to make a positive difference in the world Wanda writes about the difficulties in getting various luxuries, and about the friends she meets during the course of her work There are things that made me say I wonder what the story was there but at the end, Patricia Arnold does her best to fill in those gaps I d love to know what the old trouble was that put Wanda in the infirmary, though If the responsive letters had been around, providing of a conversation than a monologue, I think this would have been a five star read Even so, it s enjoyable, breezy and uplifting reading from a time when a whole generation pulled together for a common cause.

  2. says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway What a charming book The book contains the World War II letters of Wanda M Renn, a young woman from Michigan who joined the Women s Army Corps in 1942 and was stationed as a teletypist in North Africa The letters are very telling about what Army life was like for women, and include some interesting glimpses into American life and social norms as well I wish the sent letters to Wanda from her family had also been available, as well as pictures of her friend Urla and the area in which she was stationed Despite the biographical epilogue at the end of the book, the book left me wanting to know about Wanda and her life after the War Thank you, Patricia Arnold Wanda s granddaughter for compiling this volume.

  3. says:

    Nearly everyone has read a clinical textbook account of WWII, but this book provides a much personal and in depth look At first glance, personal letters, illustrating the evolution of a romance, may seem to be merely family heirlooms, but as time wears on and sources of information on everyday life in this time period become and rare, they take on increased historical significance Even the smallest details of everyday life are touched upon, and the picture painted of the past is quite vivid This book is a fascinating read, and I admire the effort the author has put into transcribing these letters to share with the world.

  4. says:

    Very neat book It was nice seeing WAC through somebody s eyes It made it personal It was neat that she ws from Grand Rapids Mi

  5. says:

    This was a very interesting story

  6. says:

    This was certainly an interesting look at the personal experience of life behind the lines for one among the first women in the military I found her very personable and easy to follow At times she could be repetitive, but that was the way life was for her, too, at the time, so that made sense Her observations on the people of the country and the food was all quite captivating I had a good grasp of the work she was doing because of some of the British shows I ve seen, so I really had a good laugh at her description of her counterparts, as well

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    Are women really strong enough for typing and filing In today s controversy over women serving in combat units, it s instructive to remember that once people were appalled at the idea of a female in uniform pounding a typewriter or filing reports Army and Navy brass recognized the need for female recruits to free up men for combat, but many in and out of the military weren t convinced.Wanda Renn and others answered Uncle Sam s call to duty and joined the Women s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1941 Like male soldiers, they had sore feet, sagging cots, too many shots, and bouts of homesickness Unlike the men, they got no overseas pay, no pensions, and no Geneva Convention protections.Wanda Renn was the oldest of two daughters and her letters home show an unusually mature young woman with a strong sense of responsibility to her mother and sister She was also intelligent, independent, humorous, and had the upbeat, no whiners wanted attitude that characterized those whose childhoods were marked by the Great Depression Her description of state side training and shipping out to North Africa is a valuable first person account of the WWII era It must have been quite an experience for a Grand Rapids girl to be transplanted to Algiers where perfume was cheaper than soap and water I wish there were letters, but Wanda s granddaughter performed a public service by digging these out and publishing them.

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    Your Profile Your Reviews Your AccountDear Luthien Arnatuile,Your latest review has just gone live on We and millions of shoppers on appreciate the time you took to write about your experience with this item.Your reviewing statsGranddaughter has decided to focus on love story, not what really matters in a war biography , I expected letters from the time that Wanda Renn entered the WACS till the time she left Instead you have to suffer through her notes about love from September 1943 November 1943 and then nothing In other words you get to hear about her war service and dating for about eight months, all about her big love that entered her life, if I got it right, around the 12 September 1943 and then how they, a couple of days later, decided to get married and filed papers for marriage the 16 September I don t care for books like this I care even less for books that have been written or compiled by daughters or granddaughters that say they are so proud of the person s war service, but all they really care about is the love story And that is what the author did She thought it was so romantic how her grandparents met and got married three months later The letters stop in November 1943 She lets us read one letter, a really stupid letter from Wanda and Al, written in February 1944 And then there is a postscript that says where they ended up living, having four kids and getting a divorce etc I hate when I realize I have wasted money on this sort of garbage Either you publish ALL the letters and give an even view of the war, or you write a love story and point it out in the title or description of the book This is dishonest When did they marry When did Wanda go home When did Al go home Where are the rest of the letters Were they destroyed Why are they not in there It doesn t matter if a book was all great half way through because when it drops down to being terrible after that, the book is not worth the money, nor reading

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    This is a good collection of personal letters written by a female serving in the military during WW II During this era the US military didn t give the same benefits or respect to the women who stepped up to serve their country The letters are a great insight into a woman s daily regime and work assignments and in Cpl Wanda Renn s case, an exciting assignment in North Africa Wanda clearly resisted the conventional path women were usually steered in the 1940s It s that sense of adventure and curiosity that led her to join the Army.As someone who is interested in genealogy, finding letters such as these are a true treasure to someone hunting down information about their family It provides insight to the ancestor s personality as well as details about the life they led Hats off to Patricia Arnold for preserving a slice of her family history by publishing this book If you are interested in WW II stories, particularly those detailing women in the service, this is an enjoyable light read.On another note, small world that this is, I was astounded to read that Wanda Renn settled in Owosso, Michigan The town is small and I don t often read anything that mentions Owosso but I actually lived there for a short period after my mother passed away My sister lived there and she took me in for several years It was always a place that seemed locked in an earlier time period.What do you make after reading a book like this Something Wanda may have missed from the US Such as an apple pie As she was serving in North Africa and had a brush with French culture, let s make the apple tart.To see the tart and recipe check it out at my book site, Novel Meals I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads program Opinions, nice and otherwise, are my own.

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    Take one spirited girl Mix in a quirky sense of humor, an enormous love of life, and an overseas military station What do you get You get Strictly G I. Strictly G I. is a collection of letters written by Cpl Wanda M Renn, a member of the first group of Women s Auxiliary Army Corps to sail to an overseas post during World War II Compiled by Patricia Arnold, Wanda s granddaughter, these letters were written to Wanda s mother and sister and express Wanda s views on fellow soldiers, life in the barracks, and the war itself Born in Michigan, Wanda trained in Iowa before sailing to North Africa and taking her position their as a typist There she experienced the wonder of a new climate and culture, tasted the foods, visited the beaches, and absorbed the hot desert sun It was while overseas that she met and married her husband, Al Bettinger, before returning home Discussion.When the WAAC was first formed in 1942, its members were only allowed to hold non combative positions So, although the women of the corps traveled overseas and served in exotic stations, they never saw the front lines of the battlefield Because of this, Strictly G I. is distinct from other compilations of war time letters Wanda doesn t write of blood and gore of pain and passion, fear and death Instead, she writes of walking the deserts of North Africa, tasting the strange fruits and foods of Africa, and working long night shifts Because she isn t constantly changing locations and addressing emergencies, the letters grow repetitive in some places, but are nevertheless sprightly and enjoyable.Conclusion A fun, unusual angle at the Second World War.

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