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The authors have included the English edition of works if they are available in both French and English. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are known to be available in French. Most titles included in this guide are held by Library and Archives Canada, and many are available for interlibrary loan, both within Canada and abroad.

Auger, Geneviève ; Lamothe, Raymonde. -- De la poêle à frire à la ligne de feu : la vie quotidienne des Québécoises pendant la guerre '39-'45. -- [S.l.] : Boréal Express, 1981. -- 232 p.

Battaglini, Sandra P. -- "'Don't go down the mine Mamma!' : Women in production jobs at Inco during World War II, 1942-1945". -- Ottawa : National Library of Canada, 1996. -- 2 microfiches.  -- (Canadian theses on microfiche). -- M.A. thesis, Laurentian Univ., Sudbury, Ont., 1996. -- 165 l.

  • Examines employment of women in surface jobs at Inco and, specifically, the experiences of women of Italian background from Copper Cliff

Bowman, Phylis. -- Second World War memories. -- Port Edward, B.C. : P, Bowman, 1987. -- 84 p.

  • Prince Rupert, B.C.

Bruce, Jean. -- Back the attack! Canadian women during the Second World War - at home and abroad. -- Toronto : Macmillan, 1985. -- 182 p.

Buch, Mary Hawkins ; Gossage, Carolyn. -- Props on her sleeve : the wartime letters of a Canadian airwoman. -- Toronto : Dundurn Press, 1997. -- 171 p.

  • Service at Halifax and Dartmouth, 1943; Digby, Lincolnshire and Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, 1944-1945

* Dundas, Barbara. -- A history of women in the Canadian military. -- Montreal : Art global, 2000. -- P. 37-90. -- Also published in French under the title: Les femmes dans le patrimoine militaire canadien

  • In this first comprehensive account of women in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Second World War accounts for nearly half of the book

  • The Art global publications (several others are listed below) are commemorative volumes prepared by the Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence. Although they are less exhaustive than the official histories, they often tell the story through the eyes of the participants and are heavily illustrated, both with photographs seldom used in other works and with war art

Forestell, Diane G. -- "The necessity of sacrifice for the nation at war : women's labour force participation, 1939-1946". -- Histoire sociale = Social history. -- Vol. 22 (November 1989). -- P. 333-347

Gossage, Carolyn. -- Greatcoats and glamour boots : Canadian women at war (1939-1945). -- Toronto : Dundurn Press, 1991. -- 215 p.

Johnson, Sara E. -- To spread their wings. -- Spruce Grove, Alta. : Saraband Productions, 1990. -- 123 p.

  • A memoir of the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women's Division)

Latta, Ruth, comp. -- The memory of all that : Canadian women remember World War II. -- Burnstown, Ont. : General Store Pub. House, 1992. -- 225 p.

  • This work features chapters of individual memoirs, both military and civilian

  • Not all were Canadians during the war

Nicholson, G.W.L. -- Canada's nursing sisters. -- Toronto : S. Stevens ; Hakkert, 1975. -- 272 p.

* Pierson, Ruth Roach. -- Canadian women and the Second World War. -- Ottawa : Canadian Historical Association, 1983. -- 31 p. -- (Canadian Historical Association historical booklet, no. 37). -- Also published in French under the title: Les Canadiennes et la Seconde Guerre mondiale

_____. -- "They're still women after all" : the Second World War and Canadian womenhood. -- Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1986. -- 301 p.

Ziegler, Mary. -- We serve that men may fly : the story of the Women's Division, Royal Canadian Air Force. -- Hamilton, Ont. : R.C.A.F. (W.D.) Association, 1973. -- 173 p.

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