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Nurses of Passchendaele (Paperback)

Caring for the Wounded of the Ypres Campaigns 1914 - 1918

WWI Ypres Passchendaele Women of History

By Christine E Hallett
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781526702883
Published: 26th June 2017

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The Ypres Salient saw some of the bitterest fighting of the First World War. The once-fertile fields of Flanders were turned into a quagmire through which men fought for four years. In casualty clearing stations, on ambulance trains and barges, and at base hospitals near the French and Belgian coasts, nurses of many nations cared for these traumatised and damaged men.

Drawing on letters, diaries and personal accounts from archives all over the world, The Nurses of Passchendaele tells their stories - faithfully recounting their experiences behind the Ypres Salient in one of the most intense and prolonged casualty evacuation processes in the history of modern warfare. Nurses themselves came under shellfire and were vulnerable to aerial bombardment, and some were killed or injured while on active service.

Alongside an analysis of the intricacies of their practice, the book traces the personal stories of some of these extraordinary women, revealing the courage, resilience and compassion with which they did their work.

As featured in 'reviews in brief' by Rosemary Collins

WDYTYA? Magazine – July 2017

Article by Christine E. Hallett on the military nurses at Passchendaele featured in

History Today, July 2017

As featured by

Military History Monthly, July 2017

As featured by

Military History Monthly, June 2017

As featured in.

The Bookseller 10/3/17

About Christine E Hallett

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Manchester. She is Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing, and holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society for the Arts. She is a trained nurse, and has PhDs in both Nursing and History. She practised as a nurse in the North of England from 1985 to 1989, before moving into teaching and research. Her most recent work has focussed on the nurses of the First World War, and among her many publications are three single-authored books: Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War (Manchester University Press, 2009); Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Nurse Writers of the Great War (Manchester University Press, 2016).

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