Victory Harvest: Diary of a Canadian in the Women's Land Army, 1940-1944

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Sep 19, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
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Based on the diary Marion Kelsey kept while in the Women's Land Army during World War II, Victory Harvest is a personal remembrance of wartime Britain through the eyes of a young Canadian woman. Financed by a kind cousin (who gave Kelsey money for a boat ticket instead of making a donation to the Spitfire fund) Kelsey travelled to England to join her army husband. There she joined the Women's Land Army and spent the next four years planting crops, milking cows, and driving a tractor. Her tour of duty was cut short by tragedy when her husband was seriously wounded by shrapnel at Falaise in 1944. Kelsey's indomitable character and enthusiasm shine through in her writing and, as a woman and a Canadian, she provides a new perspective on the war.
 

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Contents

Canada to England
3
Nunningham
27
Southwater and Nunningham
81
Green Farm
107
Sutton
129
Tractor School
136
Broomlye
152
Camber Castle Farm
160
Swanley
179
Great Ridge Farm
210
Epilogue
223
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Marion Kelsey lived in Hunts Point, Nova Scotia, until her death.

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