Slinging Doughnuts For The Boys: An American Woman In World War Ii

Paperback | November 4, 2008

byJames H. Madison

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Elizabeth Richardson was a Red Cross volunteer who worked as a Clubmobile hostess during World War II. Handing out free doughnuts, coffee, cigarettes, and gum to American soldiers in England and France, she and her colleagues provided a touch of home-American girls with whom the boys could talk, flirt, dance, and perhaps find companionship. Usually the job was not hazardous-except when V-1 and V-2 rockets rained down on London-but it required both physical endurance and the skills of a trained counselor. Liz Richardson is a witty writer and astute observer. Her letters and diaries reveal an intelligent, independent, and personable woman with a voice that rings true. With commentary by historian James H. Madison, this book is an exceptional window into a past that is all too quickly fading from memory.

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Elizabeth Richardson was a Red Cross volunteer who worked as a Clubmobile hostess during World War II. Handing out free doughnuts, coffee, cigarettes, and gum to American soldiers in England and France, she and her colleagues provided a touch of home-American girls with whom the boys could talk, flirt, dance, and perhaps find companion...

James H. Madison is Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America and other books. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.89 inPublished:November 4, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221072

ISBN - 13:9780253221070

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology of Elizabeth Richardson's Life

1. Growing Up, Leaving Home, and Preparing for War
2. The Yanks in England
3. V-1 Rockets, the Kansas City, and the 82nd Airborne
4. War Comes Closer
5. Into the English Provinces
6. From the Gray Midlands to Sunny Cornwall
7. Across the Channel and into France
8. V-E Day and V-E Blues
9. One Plane Crash
10. The Long Memory

Appendix: Wartime Writing
Notes
Note on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

Editorial Reviews

"All in all, this account makes for informative and enjoyable reading for the scholar, undergraduate, or anyone interested in women's participation in the war, and in particular the American Red Cross Clubmobiles." -H-NET Reviews Humanities & Social Sciences, March, 2010