Elsie Cawser’s comic poem from the Second World War, Salvage Song (or the Housewife’s Dream) ends with the lines, "So now when I hear on the wireless, / Of Hurricanes showing their mettle, / I see in a vision before me, / A Dornier chased by my kettle". The drive for metals to make weapons such as Spitfires required many women to give up useful household items. Cawser’s poem epitomizes the struggles of women on the home front to juggle their domestic needs with the rapacious requirements of a nation at war. The majority of histories written about war tended to focus on women keeping the home fires burning. Many of the preconceptions surrounding women in war have cast them as keepers of the home or carers; roles that demonstrate women’s support of the quintessentially male practice of war.