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Sand In My Shoes: Wartime Diaries Of A Waaf

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Young, restless and stuck in a dead end job, Joan Rice longed for adventure. As WWII broke out, she enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, hoping for the chance to see the world and 'swank around in uniform'.

She started her life as a WAAF on a London airbase, then moved to a job in Intelligence and ultimately to postings in Eqypt and Palestine. She witnessed the 'pho
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published 2006 by Harper Press (first published 1941)
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The author started this diary at the beginning of her war experience, when she joined the WAAF, the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. She went to learn how to interpret reconnaissance photographs, pictures taken from the air above enemy territory, to understand how the enemy was deploying its resources.

I was hoping that there was going to be more about this aspect of her war experience, and somewhat less of where she was living, who she was dating and dancing with, and how many orange squashes she w
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May 20, 2012 Stan Armiger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A women's book. Not for me!
Jan 09, 2017 Leah rated it really liked it
A genuinely warm and affecting account of a normal woman's experiences during wartime.

I am always searching for diaries or other accounts of women's experience of the Second World War that will equal my adoration for To War with Whitaker: The Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly, 1939-1945. It's a subject that interests me greatly, but the delivery is such a big part of the enjoyment that the search is, ever, ongoing.

Joan Rice, unlike Hermione Ranfurly, was not a Countess or the wife of
Oct 18, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is surprising and really lovely about these diaries, is just how well they bring these people to life. No longer seen as vague black and white images they become real people with just he same concerns as young women today largly. The diaries begin when Joan is just 19, and there might be a war going on, and she might be a WAAF, but at 19 there is also a lot of preoccupations over boys and dances, chocolate is still enjoyed with as much relish as before, although maybe appreciated more. What ...more
An interesting read from a perspective that you don't really find out about when studying history. I really enjoyed this diary as it portrays the opportunities that were open to young women, probably for the first time and considering the age of the author this must have been quite exciting. There are moments where you feel the authors boredom with her situation and a sadness at the loss of so many young lives.This would be a good book to read along with The Diary of Anne Frank as an opposing si ...more
May 26, 2014 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this immensely! Not just because of the subject matter, but because Joan Rice's writing was witty and amusing and so sharp. Anyone can write a diary, but it takes talent to turn even the most interesting life into a story.
Feb 04, 2012 Den rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into it at all so gave up.
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Oct 11, 2013 Paul Collard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read and a great story that captures the sheer excitement and drama of serving as a WAAF in WW2.
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“Yesterday evening Mickey and I and other deluded WAAFs went through the blackout and into the wilds of Hammersmith enduring the journey with the thought of the rollicking, witty West End show, Broadway Follies, studded with stars, to which we WAAFs had been invited free. I might say frightful, I might say terrible, awful, boring, tedious, but they only reveal the inadequacy of words. After the third hour, or so it seemed, I was convinced that I had died and was in hell, watching turn after turn in unending procession, each longer, each less funny, each more unbelievably bad than the last. During the interval, Hendon WAAFs rushed to the bar, scruffy WAAFs, obviously from West Drayton, sat still rollicking with mirth in the Stalls. We tossed back whisky and ginger beer and watched in a stupor the longer, duller, apparently unending second half. After came the journey back in the blackout made blue by our opinions of the evening.” 0 likes
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