[Coserta, Italy]: [circa 1945]. First Edition. Wraps. 4to. Black and yellow sewn wraps. Front cover torn at spine, still partially attached to text block; back cover present but detached. Name in pen to front cover. Wear, chipping, and light soil to wraps. Interior pages lightly toned, with occasional ink smudges. Good +. Item #23644
Women's Army Corps commemorative anthology and photo-book of the 2629 WAC Battalion's service in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II, while stationed in Italy and North Africa. With profiles of commanding officers, drawings and cartoons, and candid photos of Army women playing basketball and tennis, drinking at the Allied Service Women's Club, attending church and synagogue services, and at work in uniform. Structured much like a yearbook, with quotes, reminisces, blank autograph pages, and a chronological "Wacalendar": "Remember our secret exist through the main streets, complete with helmets and gas masks, and that wait at the railroad station with the straps of musette bags digging unmercifully into our backs?" And: "Right now the hemp is rotting in the fields near Caserta while Wacs are sweating in Caserta." And: "It was the fashion to have hepatitis."
Compiled with the aid of (per the closing poem) "Little drops of cognac / Little shots of gin," a rich historical document produced with mutual affection and pride.