Even though one can be well-versed in a subject, one can always learn more, which is why I'm glad I read Women in the Great War. This little book reads quickly and packs more of a punch than you might initially think-- and the illustrations add icing to the cake.
Although it does concentrate on British women, the book does cover the incredible accomplishments of women in other countries, and I'd never heard of these women before so I really appreciated their inclusion. Outlining how women's lives in Britain were before World War I, Women in the Great War then moves on to each organization that played an important role in the war effort. Toward the end, the book turns into a roll call of those women who lost their lives in service to their country. Some might consider this roll call boring, but I found it touching. It's probably the first time most of these women's names (and what they did) have ever been mentioned.
My favorite parts in this book occurred whenever the British government finally began to learn that women could do more than cook, clean, and give birth. More than one women's organization asked for the British government to sanction their work and they were turned down. Countries like France and Belgium had no such silly scruples and welcomed the women to do their part-- and they all made a huge difference. The British government finally began to learn a lesson, and it's one that they would unfortunately have to remember in just twenty years' time.
Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn & Tanya Wynn
Pen & Sword Books © 2017
eBook, 189 pages
Source: Purchased from Amazon.