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May 20, 2014

Rare Color Photographs of Women in the Second World War

Observation post of weather station maintained by Company A 579th Signal Battalion.

A WAAC in training at a WAAC Training Center. She looks over the paper records in the control tower at an airport.

A WAAC while in training at a WAAC training center finds time to refreshen herself up.

A WAC, in training at a WAC training center, checks the registration scale of a testing machine.

An American WAC and the bugler of the famous First Zouave Regiment of North Africa combine under Mediterranean skies to sound an Army call. At the left is a member of the historic first overseas company of the WAC which, in January 1944, will have completed a year of service in the North African Theater.

On parade are these WAC's in North Africa who promenade on the occasion of their review at one of the most historic fortresses in the Mediterranean theatre. The guard of honor is the color guard of the first Zouave Regiment. In the rear are units of three French women in uniform from organizations who join with their American sisters in serving their armies in a vital way.

The Color Guard of the Women's Army Corps in North Africa is seen coming through the gate of the Caserne D'Orleans, a famous Mediterranean fortress, while the guard of honor of the First Zouave Regiment stands at attention.

Italian women wash clothes at the fountain of Fontana Verdi while US Army nurses and GI's look on. June 1944.

A few of the more than 500 women at the PW Camp, Sinzing, Germany taking sunbaths.

These WAC have been overseas well over two years and are on their way home aboard the S.S. Queen Mary. It sailed from Southampton November 4, 1945.

Spotty was found dockside with last sailing of the Elizabeth. Tag on coat saying, "My name is Spotty. Two years old. Housebroken. Love to ride in trucks. Been with boys two years in combat. But just could not make the ship. Won't you please give me a home." Picked up by two Red Cross girls who found his company, promised to try and get him a home. Spotty was tied up but broke leash and boarded ship again but was found and put off. Picked up by same two Red Cross girls again they found he could go home if someone looked after him. Permission granted her allowed her to sail on Acquatania but sailing was cancelled. Sailing date of Queen May was announced and Spotty did make it to New York November, 1945 to be greeted by his former master.

ETO WACS celebrate 3rd anniversary in Paris. View of ETO WACS assembled in review in front of the Place de la Concord in Paris, France. In a history making parade down the famous Champa Xlysses Ave., ETO WACS marched in the first all women parades in the history of the city. Guests in the parade were detachments of English ATS, WAAPS and French WACS. They were led by the US Army Band and a WAC color guard.

Somewhere in England a WAC learns about old sailing ships from a good authority.

These WACs in England ride bikes from their quarters to their offices.

A WAC officer wearing the winter duty uniform, stands in salute. This relpaces the first uniform authorized for the WACs: the major change being removal of the belt. The chocolate brown shoulder bag, brown leather gloves and shoes are the authorized accessories.

A Lt. wearing optional summer uniform authorized for Medical Department Physical Therapist for informal use.

Bill Kay Strolls with Nursing Sister Dorothy Rapsey. North Africa, Second World War.

Nursing Sister Ruth Webster, North Africa, Second World War.

Soviet nurses.


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