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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752493604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752493602
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An unforgettable book --Pennant, November 2009

About the Author

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'.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Stevenson on 24 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Liath on 16 Nov. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned of Wales on 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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Format: Paperback
So far I've always deleted books after reading them on my Kindle but this time I immediately ordered a hard copy.
. Get through the introduction and be rewarded by first-hand accounts of the incredible resourcefulness, skill and determination shown by so many women in at times appalling and dangerous conditions. I'm old enough to remember the Second World War from beginning to end and my father served (under-age) in the First, but this book brought home to me as no other book or documentary ever has just what it was like for troops, civilians (and thousands upon thousands of animals) in the horror that is war at close quarters.
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