Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War

Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War

by Elisabeth Shipton

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Overview

The extraordinary women who served in World War I, from the U.S., UK, and Canada

Through their diaries, letters, and memoirs, this book tells the story of brave women at the front line of WWI. Readers will meet the women who defied convention and followed their convictions to defend the less fortunate and fight for their country. Follow British Flora Sandes as she joins the Serbian Army and takes up a place in the rear-guard of the Iron Regiment as they retreat from the Bulgarian advance. Stow away with Dorothy Lawrence as she smuggles herself to Paris, steals a uniform, and heads to the Front. Enlist in Russia's all-female "Battalion of Death" alongside peasant women and princesses alike. Through the writings of women who were members of organizations such as the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the Canadian Army Medical Corps, the FANY, WRAF, WRNS, WAAC, and many others, we learn what life was like for them on the front and discover the courage of the women who took up arms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752491431
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lizzy Shipton has worked as a museum archivist, was researcher for the documentaries At War with Wellington and 100 Years of the Royal Flying Corps, and is a military historian and locations researcher for the BBC.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

1 Women and their Place in War 9

2 1914: The Western Front 33

3 Women Working in the Trenches 69

4 Women Doctors and the Military 87

5 Wartime Resistance and Espionage 108

6 Flora Sandes 138

7 Russia 166

8 British Women's Services, from 1917 198

9 Women in the American Military 217

10 The Foundations for Women in Wartime 237

Bibliography 243

Index 251

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