Women in the War Zone

Women in the War Zone : Hospital Service in the First World War

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In our collective memory, the First World War is dominated by men. The sailors, soldiers, airmen and politicians about whom histories are written were male, and the first half of the twentieth century was still a time when a woman's place was thought to be in the home. Yet there were some women who contributed to the war effort between 1914 and 1918 as doctors and nurses. In Women in the War Zone, Anne Powell has selected extracts from first-hand accounts of the experiences of those female medical personnel who served abroad during the First World War. Covering both the Western and the Eastern Fronts, from Petrograd to Basra and from Antwerp to the Dardanelles, they include the Scottish Women's Hospitals in Russia and Romania, nursing casualties from the Battles of the Somme, Ypres and Arras, a young doctor put in charge of a remote hospital in Serbia and a nurse who survived a torpedo attack, albeit with serious injuries. Filled with stories of bravery and kindliness, it is a book that honours the often unsung contribution made by the female doctors and nurses who helped to alleviate some of the suffering of the First World War.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 34mm | 659.99g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0752493604
  • 9780752493602
  • 358,244

About Anne Powell

Anne Powell became absorbed in the history and literature of the First World War while living outside Mons in Belgium, where her husband was serving on the staff of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. There they became frequent visitors to the battlefields and cemeteries of northern France and Belgium, often with their children. She has also edited "A Deep Cry: Soldier-Poets Killed in France" and "Flanders and The Fierce Light: The Battle of the Somme," " July-November 1916."show more

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