Women and Warfare

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  1. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    In conjunction with the review on Warrior Women, the authors and Flint Management have brought a piece on Women in Warfare for discussion. If you wish to comment please read the review on Warrior Women first so that your thoughts are focussed on the subject! :)

    Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross are a husband and wife team with individual, extremely successful careers. Both are Oxford scholars with, between them, extensive experience in woman’s issues and military history. Rosalind was educated at Oxford, Birmingham and Leicester Universities, holds 5 degrees and was declared an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” in the USA. Rosalind has worked in TV, magazines, consultancies to business on diversity and women’s issues as well as being an acclaimed author of both fiction and non-fiction. Robin has considerable experience in journalism, working with John Keegan at the Daily Telegraph, as part of the team reporting on the Gulf War in 1990-91 and military history, working as consultant editor on John Keegan’s History of the Second World War and General Sir John Hackett’s Warfare in the Ancient World. Robin has written VE Day: Victory in Europe; Citadel : The Battle of Kursk; In Memoriam : Remembering the Great War (in association with IWM) and Hitler : A Biography. Robin and Rosalind have collaborated previously on Hell Hath No Fury.

    They bring their considerable experience together to write Warrior Women: 3000 Years of Courage and Heroism and introduce this feature to open discussion on the subject of Women and Warfare.

    Warrior Womenis published by Quercus and can be bought from Amazon by clicking here.

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  2. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Although women were not per-say in the British Army and navy, there most certainly were plenty of camp followers right up until the Crimea, with officers taking their wives along to the wars even after that, and there were quite literally hundreds at Trafalgar , But you must remember women were not considered until quite recently, the equal of men, they were considered as property, and only suitable for treating their soldier husbands and lovers when wounded and doing the washing, and of course as Filles de Joure, who tended to make a VERY good living out of following the Colours, It's the thought of them actually fighting that was found alien, of course there were a few exceptions to this rule
  3. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    jim24 - how right you are and there is an excellent book out there called Following the Drum by Annabel Venning. I had this book and it is an excellent read. Unfortunately I lent it to an Arrser so they could review it but circumstances now preclude that.

    The book details not only the officers' wives who join their husbands on station, but also the Regimental Wives, the 6 who were chosen by lot when the Regiment was posted overseas as being allowed to accompany their husbands. No married quarters in those days, just a bit of the barrack room curtained off and the wives were expected to work for their living by doing washing a sewing for the rest of the soldiers. If their husband was killed in action or died of other causes they would have to re-marry very quickly or be dumped by the Army and left to fend for themselves. Not an easy life, but considered better than just being left to fend for themselves and kids on the pierhead in UK.

    The book is excellent and would make, IMHO, a great companion to Warrior Women.
  4. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Competition for this book now also in this month's Newsletter - here.

    The Marketing Company Flint have given us this piece as a discussion point.

    Is the woman in the combat area concept working?

    Are women a liability or do they pull their weight?
  5. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Another excellent book on this subject is "Mrs Duberly's War" the Journal and letters from the Crimea, Edited by Christine Kelly, a really brilliant insight to the war and the Charge of the Light Brigade by the Paymasters wife, and was,sadly much maligned in the Film and "Flashman "book