Whether in times of war or pandemic, the “truth” and sorting it from fiction are crucial to survival. In her latest lecture, Vivien Newman takes a look back at women spies of World War One through the lens of COVID-19.
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In August 1914 a mere 640 women had a clearly defined wartime role. Ignoring early War Office advice to ‘go home and sit still’, by 1918 hundreds of thousands of women from all corners of the world had lent their individual wills and collective strength to the Allied cause.
As well as becoming nurses, munitions workers, and members of the Land Army, women were also ambulance drivers and surgeons; they served with the Armed Forces; funded and managed their own hospitals within sight and sound of the guns. At least one British woman bore arms, and over a thousand women lost their lives as a direct result of their involvement with the war.
In this insightful talk, Pen and Sword author Vivien Newman explores the role of women in the First World War.
We have loads of exciting content planned on the Pen and Sword blog to keep you entertained whether you’re social distancing or just looking to learn more about history.
Today we have the first part of Viv Newman’s ‘fireside chat‘ which focuses on children in war.