Rare WW2 Women’s Army Corps Scrap Book and Photo Album
Rare WW2 Women’s Army Corps Scrap Book and Photo Album to Doris H. Mason (confidential secretary attached to General Eisenhower’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force). Presents in very good condition with slight wear due to age. Spine shows wear from opening and closing. Pages are stable and are not detached. Album is extensive – containing documents, pictures, orders, and personal effects – many of which include hand-written annotations. Highlights of album include: an original D-Day invasion letter by General Dwight Eisenhower, orders/documents to staff of SHAEF, personal travel passes, many annotated photos of WAC personnel, along with British and American soldiers/officers, numerous newspaper clippings (many of which are directly related to Doris H. Mason and her time in service), and two substantial interview transcripts given by Mason for the promotion of WAC recruiting – these transcripts provide a very deep and personal look into her experiences while serving as a WAC (including the time where the bus she was traveling on was nearly hit by a German V-1 flying bomb; meeting Winston Churchill outside of a bombed building; and her secret clearance regarding the planned invasion of Europe).
Sergeant Doris H. Mason served in the Women’s Army Corps attached to General Eisenhower’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, from 1943 through 1945. Mason was specifically assigned as a confidential secretary to British Major General H.B.W. Hughes and United States Brigadier General B.C. Dunn (Chief Engineers for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force). Due to her role on the WAC staff at SHAEF, Mason had advanced knowledge of the plans for D-Day long prior to the Allied landing on the coast of France on June 6th, 1944. Mason would serve in her capacity as confidential secretary at SHAEF for 2 years (earning a Combat Star for the battle of Northern France), before transferring to the Army Medical Department to become a WAC nurse prior to the end of WW2. During her time in service, Doris H. Mason would earn the American Campaign Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal, the WAC Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
A undeniably rare and special piece of WW2 Women’s Army Corps history and a true testament to the important role of women in the war effort.
Do not miss your opportunity on this artifact, as you will almost never see a WAC album of this stature for offer again.