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British military women in civilian knee-high dress boots : a neglected episode in women's uniform history.

Wilson, Andrew (2010) British military women in civilian knee-high dress boots : a neglected episode in women's uniform history. Minerva Journal of Women and War, 4 (1). pp. 94-103. ISSN 0736-718X

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Abstract

This research note explains how British women soldiers serving in Northern Ireland during the 1970s came to wear civilian knee-high fashion boots with their uniforms. It shows how this practice originated in grass-roots concerns about inclement weather, secondary to a local command decision that these servicewomen should undertake their duties wearing skirts. The wider context of the practice is examined and it is contrasted with the pre-planned adoption of similar boots by East Germany's Nationale Volksarmee. It is also considered in relation to fashion theory and especially the transgression of the boundary between the personal and military domains.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Minerva Journal of Women and War
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boots/footwear ; shoes ; Uniforms ; Fashion ; Women in the Military ; Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) ; Operation Segment ; Northern Ireland
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 31806
Deposited By: Dr Andrew Wilson
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2010 14:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31806

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