Strictly G.I.: The WWII Letters of Cpl.wanda M. Renn

Strictly G.I.: The WWII Letters of Cpl.wanda M. Renn Review

Strictly G.I. Letters from a WAAC is a woman's historical World War II Memoir created from an actual collection of letters and Vmail.

Wanda served in the 149th WAAC Post Hq. Co., the first group of Womens Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) during World War II to be sent overseas. "Strictly G.I." is a phrase my grandmother used to describe herself. She advanced quickly in the ranks, and shared her proudest moments in the letters, beginning with her initial training in Des Moines to marches before the general in North Africa. She also shares more humorous moments and interesting observations. Here is a quote from one Vmail: "We have a radio in our "room" and whenever we get a short wave station from the states, it makes a person stop and think. You don't know - you can't possibly know what war really is - in all reality." These historical letters have been transcribed in chronological order. Also included are a forward and "postscript" from Wanda's grandaughter. The letters have never been published until now.

The letters document Wanda's training in 1942 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa to the dispatch of her unit overseas to French North Africa. Wanda's portrayal of life as a teletypist is lively and descriptive. The letters also record her perspective of the media's portrayal of the WAACs. Also unfolding in the letters is her concern for her male counterparts, and her growing affection for one special soldier.

Women in America will be inspired by Wanda's wit and resilience. Unlike servicemen, the auxiliaries could not receive overseas pay or government life insurance. If they became sick or wounded, they would not receive veterans' hospitalization. If they were killed, their parents received no death gratuity. Enjoy this first person account of WWII from the perspective of a hard-working woman soldier.

Title:Strictly G.I.: The WWII Letters of Cpl.wanda M. Renn
Edition Language:English

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  • Graceann

    This collection of letters saved through several generations gives the experiences of a young WAC during WWII. Since we don't have the replies, there are a few mysteries here, but that's part of the f...

  • Julie

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. What a charming book! The book contains the World War II letters of Wanda M. Renn, a young woman from Michigan who joined the Women's Army Corps in 1942 and wa...

  • Katie

    Nearly everyone has read a clinical textbook account of WWII, but this book provides a much more personal and in-depth look. At first glance, personal letters, illustrating the evolution of a romance,...

  • Lisa

    Very neat book. It was nice seeing WAC through somebody's eyes. It made it more personal. It was neat that she ws from Grand Rapids Mi :)...

  • Maryellen

    This was a very interesting story!...

  • CM

    This was certainly an interesting look at the personal experience of life "behind the lines" for one among the first women in the military. I found her very personable and easy to follow. At times she...

  • Whistlers Mom

    Are women really strong enough for typing and filing?In today's controversy over women serving in combat units, it's instructive to remember that once people were appalled at the idea of a female in u...

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  • Tina

    This is a good collection of personal letters written by a female serving in the military during WW II. During this era the US military didn’t give the same benefits or respect to the women who step...

  • Laura Verret

    Take one spirited girl. Mix in a quirky sense of humor, an enormous love of life, and an overseas military station. What do you get? You get Strictly G. I.!Strictly G. I. is a collection of letters wr...