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Author Percy, Sarah V. (Sarah Virginia), 1977-

Title Forgotten warriors : a history of women on the front line / Sarah Percy
Published London : John Murray Press, part of Hodder & Stroughton, An Hachette UK company, 2023
London : John Murray (Publishers), 2023
©2023

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Description xxi, 394 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction : the tomb of the unknown warrior -- Part 1: Women in war. -- 1. Women generals -- 2. Camp followers -- 3. Under seige -- 4. Women regiments -- 5. Cross-dressing soldiers -- PART II: World war -- 6. The First World War -- 7. The Soviet Union in the Second World War -- 8. Britain in the Second World War -- 9. Germany and the United States in the Second World War -- 10. Post-war transitions -- PART III: Fighting for the future -- 11. Women rebels -- 12 Gender equality and the combat exclusion -- 13. The Gulf War, Afghanistan and the end of combat exclusion -- Conclusion: buried history
Summary From the Amazons to the Ukraine conflict, women have always been on the frontline of war: this is their surprising and heroic history. From Boudicca to Ukraine, battlefields have always contained a surprising number of women. Tracing the long history of female fighters, Forgotten Warriors puts the record straight, exploring how war became an all-male space, and getting to the bottom of why women were allowed to be astronauts a full thirty years before they were allowed to fight in combat. From the Mino, the all-female army that protected Dahomey from the West for two hundred years to the Night Witches, Soviet flying aces that decimated the Nazis; from the real story of Joan of Arc to the cross-dressing soldiers whose disguises were so effective the men around them never realized who they were fighting with, Sarah Percy shines a fascinating new light on the history of warfare. And against a backdrop of sieges and desperate battles, rebellions and civil wars, a series of extraordinary women come alive on the page, determined not to be passive victims. Every country has their tomb to the unknown warrior, picking out one unnamed body to represent the sacrifices of thousands of others. As Forgotten Warriors shows, those overlooked soldiers could well be female. Their heroic and compelling stories need to be heard
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 367-382
Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Women and the military -- History
Women in war
Women air pilots -- History
Fighter pilots -- Soviet Union -- History
Women revolutionaries -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women
World War, 1914-1918 -- Women
Transgender military personnel -- History
Gay military personnel -- History
Discrimination in the military -- History
Women in combat
Women and war
Women soldiers -- History
LC no. jb2023027203
ISBN 9781529344325 (paperback)