I was watching TV news coverage leading up to the D-Day 75th Anniversary Ceremonies.
There was a fascinating piece about members of Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service, know as Wrens, who did covert work.
They were located at a tiny base at Baccaro, Nova Scotia. Their work involved maintaining 24/7 signals from which ships and planes could navigate without making radio or voice contact. That technology proved crucial to the success of D-Day.
But nothing at the base gave that away — a Quonset hut, a frame building and a car affectionately called Henrietta was the extent of it. Still, Baccaro was considered so secret, so vital to the Allied war effort that it had to be destroyed if attacked.
These women were sworn to secrecy and never revealed the vital roles they played during WWII. As a result of the secrecy they also never received the commendations for their superior work in the war effort. These stories are just beginning to come out. To learn more about these fascinating women and their story – you can click on this link for the full details.
What’s really interesting is that the Canadian women’s story took me back to a terrific book I had just read. Upon seeing the cover of the book in a store I was immediately drawn to it. Plus any title about Paris is like a magnet for me.
The story is a dynamic and dramatic one. It’s been inspired by true events in the lives of British women who served entirely behind the scenes in WWII. The secrecy imposed on these women was identical to what happened to the Canadian women who served at the base in Baccaro, Nova Scotia.
These brave women are unbelievably heroic in a captivating tale that grabs you from the first few pages. A blend of history and mystery keeps it a page turner.
As I read the story I could imagine movie scenes happening. I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a movie too. I’ll be keeping an eye out.
To learn a bit more you will find a short video with the author, Pam Jenoff. You’ll get a real feel for the story and the author.
If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your comments on the story. I find that more books about women’s roles in WWII are becoming popular. I’ve read several and have a reservation at my local library for another. What about you? Any recommendations for other titles or perhaps a movie.
Jot your thoughts in the comments section below. Be sure to share this blog with any family and friends who would be interested in knowing more about female heroes wartime service.