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28 Badass Historic Pictures Of Women During WWII

Kicking Hitler's ass with class.

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A British ferry pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) signals to her flight crew while in the cockpit of a Super-marine Spitfire fighter, 1944. One of the many rolls of ATA pilots was to deliver newly manufactured aircraft to military airfields.

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Women in the first U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) smile and wave from the back of a military vehicle as they leave for their assignment in North Africa, 1943.


A member of the British Home Guard learns how to tackle a potential attacker in 1942 (left). An army sergeant instructs a group of British women known as the Women's Guerrilla Corps, 1941 (right). The Women's Guerrilla Corps consisted of women between the ages of 40 and 60, who were unable to join the other women's services during the war.

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These pilots of the Transport Auxiliary Service are among the first ever females to be allowed into the British Royal Air Force. Here, the pilots head out to runway in preparation to deliver a squadron of Royal Air Force trainer planes from the manufacturing plant in 1940.

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A group of American nurses lean against a porch rail while awaiting their turn for morning exercises in 1944. This group was schedule for deployment to advanced posts in the Pacific theater soon after this picture was taken.

A member of the Royal Observers Corps Center spots and documents every aircraft, both hostile and friendly, as it passes overhead in 1943 (left). Well protected from the cold weather, a member of Finland's women's army, the Lotta Svärd, takes part in air raid precautions practice in 1940 (right).

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Lt. James L. Munson administers the oath of service to five American women who are sworn in as members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) at Grand Central Place in New York City on October 15th, 1942.

Members of the Watford Womens Home Defense Unit practice their aim on the rifle range, as other members wait their turn to shoot in 1942 (left). This unit was composed mainly of business and professional women who took the rifle instruction during their leisure time. In the left picture, a team of firefighters belonging to the Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway practice to put out Blitz fires in 1941.

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A group of young Red Army snipers inspect a small town in East Prussia that had been taken by the Soviet army in February, 1945. The second woman to the left is the famed Soviet sniper Roza Shanina.

Led by Lieutenant Maurice Delvoie of Belgium, a group of Greek women take up arms to aid in the war effort, circa 1939-1945 (left). Italian women partisans on the Castelluccio front in Italy, keep their weapons ready as they wait their turn to go on patrol with members of the U.S. 5th Army, 1944.

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Lieutenant Lee R. McDaniel swears in a group of American WAC recruits in London, England, on October 21st, 1944. These women were part of a group of 43, all American citizens residing in London, who were sworn into service on that day.


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