This month, three lucky readers have the chance to win a copy of Second World War film The Gentle Sex on DVD, courtesy of Strawberry Media.
Made in 1943, The Gentle Sex is a wartime propaganda film highlighting women’s contribution to the Second World War.
Not only does the movie detail women’s war work, but it was also a patriotic morale-booster. As such, it is now a piece of social history in its own right.
Co-directed and narrated by Leslie Howard, it is an occasionally humorous drama that follows seven women from different backgrounds as they find their feet in wartime Britain.
Thrown together in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women become close friends. After some basic training, they soon muck in, driving trucks, drilling, and operating anti-aircraft guns.
But how do they compare to their male counterparts? As the film’s title might suggest, the script and narration are sometimes condescending, but overall the film aimed to show that the women were capable and successful in their newfound roles.
We have three DVDs of the The Gentle Sex to give away. The film has recently been re-released as part of Strawberry Media’s ‘The World War II Collection’. To browse more of their titles, including a range of First and Second World War DVDs, visit www.strawberry mediauk.wordpress.com