In February 1945, over eight hundred black women from the United States joined the U.S. Army and were sent to England to clear the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. Faced with racism and sexism from every direction, they managed to sort more than 17 million pieces of mail.
Their mission: Get the backlog of mail that was stacked to the ceilings in Quonset huts in Birmingham, England to the soldiers. They adopted the motto, "No Mail, Low Morale." In three months, they processed over 17 million pieces of mail working three eight-hour shifts, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Original Air Date : Feb. 4, 2024