Army Wives: From Crimea To Afghanistan: The Real Lives Of The Women Behind The Men In Uniform

August 16, 2017|
Army Wives: From Crimea To Afghanistan: The Real Lives Of The Women Behind The Men In Uniform by Midge Gillies
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Most families have an army wife somewhere in their past. Over the centuries they have followed their men to the front, helped them keep order in far-flung parts of the empire or waited anxiously at home. Army Wives uses first hand accounts, letters and diaries to tell their story.

We meet the wives who made the arduous journey to the Crimean war and witnessed battle at close quarters. We hear the story of life in the Raj and the, often terrifying, experiences of the women who lived through its dying days. We explore the pressures of being a modern army wife - whether living in barracks or trying to maintain a normal home life outside ''the patch''.

In the twentieth century two world wars produced new generations of army wives who forged friendships that lasted into peacetime. Army Wives reveals their experience and that of a new breed of independent women who supported their men through the Cold War to the current war on terror.

Midge Gillies, author of acclaimed The Barbed-Wire University, looks at how industrial warfare means husbands can survive battle with life-changing injuries that are both mental and physical - and what that means for their family. She describes how army wives communicate with their husbands - via letters and coded messages, to more immediate, but less intimate, texts and Skype. She examines bereavement, from the seances, public memorials and deaths in a foreign field of the Great War to the modern media coverage of flag-draped coffins returning home by military plane.

Above all, Army Wives examines what it really means to be part of the ''army family''.

Midge Gillies has written six books including highly acclaimed biographies of the record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson, and Edwardian music hall star, Marie Lloyd. In Waiting for Hitler, Britain on the Brink of Invasion she recreated the tension and fear that permeated the summer of 1940. She studied at Cambridge University and has writte...
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Title:Army Wives: From Crimea To Afghanistan: The Real Lives Of The Women Behind The Men In UniformFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8 X 5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:400 pages, 8 X 5 X 1 inPublished:August 16, 2017Publisher:Aurum PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:178131666X

ISBN - 13:9781781316665

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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