Breaking Down Barriers
The photographs below are taken from a photo album recently presented to the National Museum of the Royal Navy by Margaret Cooper, who served as Chief Officer and was Deputy Director of the Women's Royal Indian Naval Service (WRINS) from 1944-46.
|A WRIN from the province of Bengal, one of the many provinces of India working to defeat Japan during World War Two|
The Women's Royal Indian Naval Service (WRINS) was formed in 1942, and by 1945 approximately two thirds of women employed by them were Indian nationals. World War Two brought a wealth of opportunity to the women of India, they became a useful and intrinsic part of our Royal defence forces.
|WRINS arrange models of ships, escorts and attackers in conformity with the tactical problem set|
|WRIN performing top secret task in decoding|
The Indian women who served in the WRINS were valued highly in society, after leaving the WRINS they were promised the privilege of being at an advantage amongst all others, and becoming a founder and member of "a progressive post-war India, in a way that few other careers could achieve".
|Above: WRINS at work |
Below: WRINS attending to a rush of naval communiqués
|WRINS Officer Cadets during a tour of the dockyards at Bombay, put informal questions to a Seaman of the Royal Indian Navy|
|WRIN at work in Gunnery School: Stripping and cleaning a 20 mm Oerlikon gun|
|WRINS in their traditional sari clothing|
"The war is producing a new spirit in India, the India of the future"
- The Countess of Carlisle, Chief Controller of the WRINS