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Women's Army Corps pamphlet, The WAC, ca. 1944, collection of Edith G. Wells

WACs served worldwide during World War II, including the European Theater. Two battalions sent to London assisted in preparations for D-Day and U.S. maneuvers in France. Sergeant Edith G. Wells enlisted in 1942, trained in London, and was among the first WACs in Normandy, France, after the 1944 D-Day landing.

This is your story—a record of the vital services performed by the Women’s Army Corps in the European Theater.

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Women's Army Corps pamphlet

Women in the Military: World War II

During World War II, Congress authorized women to serve in auxiliary forces to assist the armed services. Some 150,000 American women joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)—renamed the Women's Army Corps (WAC)—and thousands more enlisted in women's divisions of the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines. They worked in the U.S. and overseas, providing clerical, communications, intelligence, transport, medical, scientific, and other essential military support.