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Women in War (Paperback)

From Home Front to Front Line

Military WWII Women of History

By Celia Lee, Paul Strong, Foreword by Gary Sheffield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 237
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526766618
Published: 20th November 2019



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The changing role of women in warfare, a neglected aspect of military history, is the subject of this collection of perceptive, thought-provoking essays. By looking at the wide range of ways in which women have become involved in all the aspects of war, the authors open up this fascinating topic to wider understanding and debate. They discuss how, particularly in the two world wars, women have been increasingly mobilized in all the armed services, originally as support staff, then in defensive combat roles. They also consider the tragic story of women as victims of male violence, and how women have often put up a heroic resistance, and examine how women have been drawn into direct combat roles on an unprecedented level, a trend that is still controversial in the present day. The collection brings together the work of noted academics and historians with the wartime experiences of women who have remarkable personal stories to tell. The book will be a milestone in the study of the recent history of the parts women have played in the history of warfare.


Dr Juliette Pattinson, Professor Mark Connelly, Georgina Natzio, Christine Halsall, Jonathan Walker, Major Imogen Corrigan, Dr. Halik Kochanski, Dr T.A. Heathcote, Elspeth Johnstone, Mike Ryan, Grace Filby, Dr George Bailey, Tatiana Roshupkina, Leicester Chilton, Paul Edward Strong, Celia Lee, John Lee

A very interesting look at women in war.A topic I knew little about.Well written informative highly recommend.

NetGalley, Abby Siverman

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Women In War was an interesting read... it was informative and held my interest.

NetGalley, Kade Gulluscio

This was an interesting book to find out about the roles of women in the war. I learned a lot and it made me admire and respect women who had jobs in the war.

NetGalley, Kathleen Hughes

About Celia Lee

Celia Lee is an Honours graduate in Humanities of the Open University and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department for First World War Studies, University of Birmingham. A member of the British Commission for Military History as well as joint-chair of the Women in War group and English speaking press executive for the Polish Hearth Club, South Kensington, London, Celia is author of Winston & Jack The Churchill Brothers; The Churchills A Family Portrait, HRH The Duke of Kent A Life of Service; joint editor of and contributor to Women in War From Home Front to Front Line.She is a member of the International Churchill Society (ICS); the Biographers Club; the Gallipoli Association; the Western Front Association; The Douglas Haig Fellowship and is an honorary member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Tennessee Chapter of ICS.
Celia gives talks and lectures on Jean Hamilton and Gallipoli from her diaries; and the Churchills, including the inaugural lecture at the setting up of the Chartwell Branch of the International Churchill Society 2010; HRH The Duke of Kent and the importance of his charity work. She has spoken in England, Scotland, Hungary and the US.She lives in London and has been married for 50 years to John Lee, the biographer of General Sir Ian Hamilton.

About Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield was educated at the University of Leeds (BA & MA) and King’s College London (Ph. D). He began his academic career in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
In 1999 he moved to King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Service Command and Staff College. Awarded a Personal Chair in 2005, in 2006 he was appointed as Professor of War Studies at the University of Birmingham. Since 2013 Sheffield has been Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
Gary Sheffield has published widely on military history, including the best-selling Forgotten Victory – The First World War: Myths and Realities (2001; new edition 2018), and The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (2011; new edition 2016), both of which were acclaimed in scholarly and popular circles alike.
Sheffield is a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and a past President of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

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