Women heroes of World War I 16 remarkable resisters, soldiers, spies, and medics

Kathryn J. Atwood

Book - 2014

A commemoration of brave yet largely forgotten women who served in World War I.

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Women of action (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, Incorporated [2014]
Physical Description
246 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-237) and index.
Main Author
Kathryn J. Atwood (-)
  • Resisters and spies.
  • Edith Cavell: "Patriotism is not enough"
  • Louis Thuliez: "Because I am a Frenchwoman"
  • Emilienne Moreau: the teen who became a national symbol
  • Gabrielle Petit: feisty patriot
  • Marthe Cnockaert: nurse for the Germans, spy for the Belgians
  • Louise de Bettignies: intelligence organizer extraordinaire
  • Medical personnel.
  • Elsie Inglis: surgeon and hospital founder
  • Olive King: adventurous ambulance driver
  • Helena Gleichen: x-ray expert on the Italian front
  • Shirley Millard: nurse armed with enthusiasm
  • Soldiers.
  • Maria Bochkareva: women's battalion of death
  • Flora Sandes: "Remember you're a soldier"
  • Marina Yurlova: "I'm a Cossack!"
  • Ecaterina Teodoroiu: lieutenant girl
  • Journalists.
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart: mystery writer on the Western Front
  • Madeleine Zabriskie Doty: "Germany is no place for a woman."
Review by Booklist Review

With the centennial of the start of the Great War upon us, Atwood commemorates 16 brave women who served in a variety of locations and capacities. An introduction provides a unifying theme, expounding upon many people's intense sense of nationalism and misplaced excitement at the outset of the war. The bios are organized into four themes: spies and resisters, medical personnel, journalists, and soldiers. Most fascinating are the stories of Belgian Gabrielle Petit, who fed information to British informants and was executed after refusing to apply for clemency before the Kaiser; Elsie Inglis, a Scottish surgeon who founded a mobile medical unit that would not leave behind wounded soldiers, even when ordered to retreat; and Maria Bochkareva, a founding member of the fierce Russian fighting force known as the Women's Battalion of Death. A fine survey of major events in WWI and a case study in the types of social changes that often occur because of war, this book is an ideal candidate for both research and recreational reading.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-In this collective biography, Atwood chronicles the wartime exploits of 16 distinctive women from the United States, Europe, and Australia. The book is well balanced, covering women from the Central and Allied powers. Content is organized by the type of job the women performed-and there were many: resisters and spies, medical personnel, soldiers, and journalists. Their great contributions are made more vivid with Atwood's engaging narrative. Shepoints out that while there were ideological, social, and economic differences among the women, there was also a commonality uniting them: patriotism. Readers get an idea of the intensity of these women's fervors through the quotes from diaries, letters, and interviews. Gabrielle Petit, a young woman who worked as a spy for Belgium, wrote in a letter, "My country! I did not think enough of it! I almost ignored it. I did not see that I loved her. But since [the enemies] torment her, the monsters, I see her everywhere. I breathe her in the streets of the city, in the shadow of our palace.she lives in me, I live in her. I will die for her singing." Woven throughout the stories is the larger history of the war itself-the causes, battles won and lost, and outcomes. Occasional black-and-white archival photographs, especially those depicting the women, add interest and immediacy.-Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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