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

Women in the War Zone: Hospital Service in the First World War [Kindle Edition]

Anne Powell
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An unforgettable book --Pennant, November 2009

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The nurses who served on the frontline during the First World War were often only yards away from the frontline, in an environment a world away from the comfort of home. These ministering angels were symbols of hope to the men under their care. In Women in the War Zone, Anne Powell has selected extracts from first-hand accounts of the experiences of those women who served abroad, from Petrograd to Basra, Antwerp to the Dardanelles, Russia and Romania, the Somme, Ypres and Arras. Their stories are of extraordinary courage and compassion. Featuring detailed biographies of all female medical personnel, this book honours the often unsung contribution they made to alleviating the suffering of the First World War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH7S0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful personal accounts 16 Nov 2012
By Liath
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Compiled form diaries letters and memoirs, this account of the experience of women at the heart of the war is compelling. Told with admirable honesty, the stories capture the real life accounts of the chaos, tragedy and liberation of war. There are fascinating vignettes of quirky women, who felt out of their time - motor bike enthusiasts, society ladies, suffragettes. All with their own reasons for going to the front line. Wonderful, inspiring and a testament to the courage, compassion and adventurous spirit of these women. A lesson for our times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A change at Last! 24 Feb 2010
Women in the War Zone, written by Anne Powell is an incredibly useful insight into the role of nurses voluntary and trained in the Great War. it focuses not only on the Western Front but broadens horizons reaching as far as Russia. All of the accounts are those which can be found in the Imperial war Musuem and this book has been very helpful with my dissertation on Voluntary Aid Detachments. It is certainly worth a read if you would like to know how much women contributed to the war effort as men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 May 2014
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The women in this book are all heroes and should be as well known as any winner of the VC. The writing is surprisingly modern and easy to follow, though I read a lot of WW1 history so am familiar with the context.. The attitudes to the war and the experiences incredibly diverse. It is also amazingly funny, British Nurses trapped behind the lines marching into a German Colonels office and quelling him while the Field Marshal waits outside. These are the women who won the vote, ran girl guides, founded hospitals, and formed the backbone of the generation that went on to live through a second world war. They are all admirable and I would have loved to meet every one of them, though I suspect I would have been put in my place had I suggested they did anything out of the ordinary.

Some accounts do not shy away from the suffering of the casualties, others are clearly a lighter escape for the writers, the mix is excellent.
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By Dorothy
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I had previously read 'Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front ' by Anon which was excellent and was pleased to see that she had also written under her own name in this book. Rarely does one got such a warts and all account and one cannot express enough admiration for the privations endured by these women and the terrible situations they had to deal with.
There is no better descriptions of the agony and futility of war.
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This book exceeded my expectations and a must for any devote of the BBC drama Thr Crimson Field . It brings together diary extracts from across the Great War years and transports you into the various theatres of war both qualified nurses and volunteer ladies find themselves serving King and Country. In short :Brilliantly crafted chronologicdiary entries from inspiring women! Read empathise wonder and cry.
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