The WRNS in Wartime: The Women's Royal Naval Service 1917-1945

The WRNS in Wartime: The Women's Royal Naval Service 1917-1945

by Hannah Roberts

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Overview

The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) was created in 1917, re-formed in 1938 and maintained after 1945. This book determines for the first time the reasons for the expansion and contraction of the service and the impact key individuals had on it and in turn the influence it had on its members. Hannah Roberts offers new insights into a previously little studied British military institution, which celebrates its centenary in 2017. She shows how political and military decision-making within the fluctuating national security situation, coupled with a growing cultural acceptability of women taking on military roles, allowed for the growth of the service in World War II into realms never expected of women. Although it shared a similar pattern in its formation to the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and had a similar ethos to its Air Force counterpart, the WAAF, the WRNS took on a wider-ranging role in the war, in part due to the latitude afforded to the service because of its uniquely independent origins. From 1941 onward the WRNS spread internationally and subverted the combat taboo by adopting semi-combatant roles. Using twenty-one new oral histories and a multitude of archived personal documents, this book demonstrates the pivotal importance of the Women's Royal Naval Service in both the world wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786723253
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2017
Series: International Library of War Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Hannah Roberts holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London. She is Head of Sociology at Godalming College.

Table of Contents

Table of figures
Abbreviations and terminology
Introduction
Chapter 1 The creation of the World War One WRNS
Chapter 2 The World War One WRNS: 1917–1919
Chapter 3 The re-creation of the WRNS
Chapter 4 April 1939–1941: management and growth of the 'civilian' service
Chapter 5 Becoming a Wren: meritocracy over social position
Chapter 6 Subversion of the combat taboo
Chapter 7 Social perceptions and relationships in the service
Postscript: The service post-war and the impact on the Wrens
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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