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In the of winter 1946, the British aircraft carrier, HMS Victorious, was modified to ensure the safe passage of over 600 Australian war brides from Sydney to Plymouth. The reverberations of WWII were still being felt around the world, but for these women the trip of a lifetime lay ahead and the chance to finally begin their married lives with their British husbands on the other side of the world. Catherine Dyson has brought together the stories of seventeen of these women, now in their eighties. Delightful, funny and sad tales emerge- the tumult of the era, the fear of leaving home, the highlights of the sea voyage, the conditions onboard, the emotional experience of stepping into a future unknown. Each woman remembers the time from subtly and sometimes strikingly different perspectives. From Woolloomooloo to Fremantle, then on to Colombo and beyond, the voyage would prove a rite of passage for many who previously had never left their hometowns, let alone dreamt of foreign shores. On their arrival in Britain, the women faced the coldest winter for fifteen years and stricter rationing than they had experienced during the war years.
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273 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout. True Stories From The War Brides Of HMS Victorous. Autumn 1946. The Reverberations Of The Second World War Were Still Being Felt Around The World, And Hundreds Of War Brides Were About To Board The Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious, Bound For England.Book Description:
This is a nostalgic look back at the 1940s; a fascinating insight into a unique journey taken by ordinary women; a sympathetic portait of youth and its hopes and expectations; and a reflection on the challenges of life and love
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Book Description Hachette, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110733620795
Book Description Hachette Australia, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0733620795