Female Warriors in History Thread

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Tremaine, Aug 28, 2012.

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  1. Just been handed the book "Warrior Women", and a search threw up a review last year on Arrse. So let's give the women warriors a go. Notable women involved with war who fought or played their part in battle since records began right through to now. Women have been with special operations, they've led Armies and famously worked in codebreaking. Warrior women also crop up in films and TV so keeping to real historical women warriors might be too restrictive.

    Something for everyone in there and not just Xena, but who'd post her anyway ;-)

    Starting off with Bouddica against the Romans. Joan of Arc, obviously. "The only thing the English ever cooked properly was Joan of Arc. And they still burnt her" (say the French). More recently, women like "Private Michelle Norris of the Royal Army Medical Corps,awarded the first woman MC. Kate Nesbitt, second woman, first in the Royal Navy, for acts in Afghanistan in March 2009 as a Medical Assistant attached to 1 RIFLES". Just a few to start with and there must be loads more.
  2. All the female SOE operators, such as Violette Szabo.

    The Russian women snipers.

    Who's Xena, by the way?
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  3. Not strictly a warrior but led her people successfully against imperialism at the time:

    Ranavalona III, Queen of Madagascar.

    'Female Caligula: Ranavalona, The Mad Queen of Madagascar' by Keith Laidler is well worth a read.
  4. Violette Szabo


    Odette Sansom


    Michelle Dubois

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  5. Xena's some fit sort done up in leather, I heard.

    I can't help liking Boadicea though, and never mind all this Boudica crap. Raping and taking over, those Romans had it coming. She defeated the Ninth, and razed three towns that I know of til Paulinus out-manoeuvred her but she wasn't taken alive. Sorry no recent photos.
  6. has she ever had her tits out?
  7. Cough..Lucy Lawless...cough
  8. hotel_california

    hotel_california LE Book Reviewer

    Soviet Union's 588th Night Bomber Regiment: ‘The Night Witches' (Nachthexen).
    The 588th, was the most highly-decorated unit in the Soviet Air Force—each pilot flew over 1,000 missions, twenty-three were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title. Thirty-one of its members died in combat
  9. Thanks for that and a search turned up this Unsung Heroes: The Night Witches | Bad Reputation

    Women WW2 pilots while not strictly combatants have been covered in the media recently . For instance the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) that delivered aircraft to the frontline RAF, about 160 odd were British.
  10. There are several books by women who have fought in battle.

    Cavalry Maiden by Nadezhda Durova Nadezhda Durova - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Flora Sandes fought in the Great War as a sergeant in the Serbian Army. She was close enough to the fighting to be wounded by a grenade splinter. Flora Sandes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    These are online and available as free downloads.
    Sandes, Flora (1916). An English Woman-Sergeant in the Serbian Army. London: Hodder & Stoughton. An English woman-sergeant in the Serbian Army : Sandes, Flora : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

    Sandes, Flora (1927). The Autobiography of a Woman Soldier: A Brief Record of Adventure with the Serbian Army 1916–1919. London: H.F. & G. Witherby.
    he Autobiography of a Woman Soldier: A Brief Record of Adventure with the Serbian Army 1916–1919 : Flora Sandes : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

    I have read several books about the Soviet women pilots.

    This is one of the ones I enjoyed the most. Anna Timofeeva-Egorova: Over Fields of Fire: Flying the Sturmovik in Action on the Eastern Front 1942-45 The night witches flew liason aircraft against an enemy ill equipped with night fighters. Flying the IL2 was probably one of the more dangerous roles.
    There is also some insight into the mentality behind the men and woemn who served Stalin.
    Over Fields of Fire: Flying the Sturmovik in Action on the Eastern Front 1942-45 (Soviet Memories of War): Anna Timofeeva-Egorova: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
  11. I have a massage from Michelle. The troon has been bummed by the RAF.
  12. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    Ursula Graham Bower - a former debutante who ended up running a guerrilla war at the same time as things were a tad sticky in the Kohima area.

    Some of the stuff in her entry in Wikipedia.

    At the start of World War II she was in London, but planning to return to Nagaland. When the opportunity arose, she gained permission from the British administration to live among the Naga people in Laisong, where she won the friendship and confidence of the Naga chieftains, so that when the Japanese armies invaded Burma in 1942 and threatened to move on into India, the local Nagas and subsequently the British administration, asked her to form her local Nagas into a band of scouts to comb the jungle for the Japanese. Bower mobilized the Nagas against the Japanese forces, placing herself at their head, initially leading 150 Nagas armed only with ancient muzzle-loading guns across some 800 square miles (2,100 km[SUP]2[/SUP]) of mountainous jungle.[SUP][4][/SUP] General Slim recognised the work she was doing and supported her with arms and reinforcements, giving her her own unit within V Forcer, known as 'Bower Force'. Bower's force of Nagas became so effective that the Japanese put a price on her head. She was the subject of an American comic book entitled Jungle Queen.[SUP][2][/SUP][SUP][5][/SUP] Her personal weapon of choice was the sten gun, two of which she wore out in action. Trained as a child by her father to shoot, she had no qualms about handling firearms and training her Naga scouts in their use.
    By her orders guards were posted on main and secondary trails, and a watch-and-warn system was established. Over these trails thousands of evacuees, deserters, escaped prisoners and bailed-out airmen fled from Burma to India. Bower also directed Naga ambushes of Japanese search parties.[SUP][1][/SUP] On 24 April 1945 she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for her actions in Burma,[SUP][4][/SUP][SUP][6][/SUP] and in 1944 she received the Lawrence Memorial Medal, named for Lawrence of Arabia, for her anthropological work among the Nagas.[SUP][7][/SUP][SUP][8][/SUP]
  13. Aetheflaeda, Lady of the Mercians. Come on, you lot are supposed to be English...

    Theodora, Empress of Byzantium. Never actually wielded a sword but the power behind Justinian and a hell of a girl to boot.
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