Gisela R. McBride was born in Berlin where she lived and was educated. At the end of World War II, she went to London where she worked for a number of firms, lastly for Lloyds Bank. Ms. McBride received a certificate for conference interpreting as well as a British Red Cross certificate in first-aid and home nursing. She sang in Lloyds Bank's Amateur Operatic Society. In 1957, Ms. McBride emigrated to Canada and worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto until she moved to the United States. She lived in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
In addition to writing her memoirs, Ms. McBride translated a copy of a commentary on the Book of Revelation by Landesbishof Edouard Lohse of Hanover, Germany, into English and self-published a volume of Estonian Folk Tales which she translated also from German into English.
At the age of 62, Ms. McBride graduated with a liberal arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Upon publication of her memoirs, Ms. McBride was invited to speak about her life at schools, civic organizations and veterans groups. She continued to share her story up until her death as a result of pancreatic cancer in 2012.