Letter: Women's vital role.
YOUR 'Our D-Day' supplement is a collectors' dream of the Second World War -so many memories, humour intermingled with sorrow, but most of all pride.
The servicemen are and were the backbone of this country. However, my thoughts also go to the women who were not in the armed forces but stoically ran things here back home.
Mothers, daughters and sisters whose sons, fathers and brothers marched off to war -not for a few months but for years -brought up their families, worked in munition factories and on the land.
The letters from the front kept their hopes high that their loved ones would one day come home. Of course thou-sands didn't but they carried on regardless, protecting their children through air-raids sometimes all night long, surfacing at daylight to find shops and homes that were standing at nightfall gone by dawn.
Then it was all hands to the wheel to help salvage what possessions were left.
Afterwards on went the kettle for a cuppa and there was laughter on blackened faces. After all they had survived another day. They didn't know what their tomorrows would bring, but through it all they really did keep the home fires burning.
MRS MARGARET GILLESPIE Kings Heath
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Jun 20, 2004|
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