Thursday, August 20, 2015

Queen Elizabeth Was A Badass Truck Driver And Mechanic During World War II (10 Pics)

In England during World War II, most men were off fighting and many non-combative important jobs pertaining to the war effort were neglected. To fill those positions the British Army recruited women, who then formed the Auxiliary Territorial Service in September 1938. As the war raged on, the size of ATS grew. The women worked as drivers, bakers, postal workers, ammunition inspectors, and mechanics, among many other duties.

In February 1945, just a few months before World War II ended, then-Princess Elizabeth joined the ATS. She had just turned 18 years old and was keen to join the war effort.

It took months of pleading and begging her father King George VI to allow her to join.

In the ATS, Princess Elizabeth was trained as a driver and mechanic.


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