Today in History
Photograph of American Women Replacing Men Fighting in Europe, 07/12/1945
American women replace fighting men in Europe. Members of the United States Army Corps (WACs) receive candy bars from an American Red Cross canteen worker while they wait to board a ship for Europe in May, 1945. As fighting men from the European theater were being redeployed to the Pacific, WACs went over to replace them in some jobs and thus aid the forces of occupation. In ever larger numbers women were also going to the Pacific, where the total of 5000 already on duty would soon be increased to 7000, it was announced June 22. Women’s Army Corps members not only do administrative work as secretaries, clerks, stenographers but also work as photographers and radio technicians and in 145 other fields.