22/01/2019 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Front Line and Fortitude

5030faec-0efd-4160-a132-764cdef07583

Front Line and Fortitude is based on, and expanded from, Maria Pilbrow’s original diary – one of six Wasbies to receive an MBE. Maria’s niece, Elizabeth Lockhart-Mure discovered her diary after Maria’s death.

During World War II, one of the largest British Commonwealth armies ever assembled fought the Japanese in South East Asia, first on the border between what was then British India and Burma and then pushing deeper into Burma itself. Supporting the Fourteenth Army were an intrepid group of women known colloquially as the Wasbies – the Women’s Auxiliary Service (Burma) or WAS(B).

This is the story of how Maria Pilbrow faced menace and heartbreak yet coped with fortitude and determination. She survived the jungle horrors and, after the war ended, again found love and the security she craved only to have them torn away once more. She was forced to rebuild her life anew which she achieved with the friendship and support of her Wasbie friends.

There is very little information about the work of the Wasbies and no full-length book has been written which gives an account of their exploits – until now. For the first time in book form Front Line and Fortitude provides a personal record of these brave women and their contribution to the war effort.

  • Release date: 28 February
  • ISBN: 978-1-7890-1643-7
  • Price: £12.50

 

IT'S HERE! A Guide to Collecting German Militaria is the new bookazine from the publisher of The Armourer and is now on sale. This 132 page, perfect bound magazine is your guide to collecting Imperial and Third Reich militaria, from medals and cuff titles, to uniforms, weapons, personal gear and civic awards. We cover rare awards, how to spot fakes and include current prices. It’s already sold out on our website so either head for your local branch of WH Smith, as the main stockist, or buy a digital version.

Don't forget, 100 Years of the RAF, a commemorative bookazine celebrating 100 years since the formation of the RAF, is now on sale. Order your copy by clicking on 100 RAF.

Catch up on militaria news, order a back issue of The Armourer, or pick up the latest issue, in either print or digital format. Like what you see? Why not take out a subscription, save money and have it delivered to your door.

 

News

22/01/2019 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Firepower for the Panzer Divisions

A new book by Thomas Anderson describes the artillery support for advancing tanks and infantry. ...


Cromwell and his Women

New book release shows the untold story of the women in Cromwell’s family. ...


Classic shotguns at Gavin Gardiner

Gavin Gardiner’s first sale of 2019 will take place in the heart of the gunmaking district of London ...


Germans at Ratisbon’s

The 28th Contemporary History Auction at Ratisbon’s kicks off on 2 March and runs until 10 March. ...


Other News

Medals at Warwick & Warwick

Medals and militaria at the next auction on 20 Feb. ...


New venue for Holts

Holts, auctioneers of fine modern and antique guns, has announced a new venue in central London plus new ...


IWM D-Day 75 commemorations

IWM will retell the extraordinary land, air and sea story through its World War II collection and its three ...


Fighting the War on Terror

New book goes inside the global counter-terrorism units in countries around the world. ...