Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War

Hardcover | August 28, 2014

byChristine E. Hallett

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Caring for the wounded of the First World War was tough and challenging work, demanding extensive knowledge, technical skill, and high levels of commitment. Although allied nurses were admired in their own time for their altruism and courage, their image was distorted by the lens of popular mythology. They came to be seen as self-sacrificing heroines, romantic foils to the male combatant and doctors' handmaidens, rather than being appreciated as trainedprofessionals performing significant work in their own right. Christine Hallett challenges these myths to reveal the true story of allied nursing in the First World War - one which is both more complex and more absorbing. Drawing upon evidence from archives across the world, Veiled Warriors offers a compelling account of nurses' wartime experiences and a clearappraisal of their work and its contribution to the allied cause between 1914 and 1918, on both the Western and the Eastern Fronts.Nurses believed they were involved in a multi-layered battle. Primarily, they were fighting for the lives of their patients on the "second battlefield" of casualty clearing stations, transports, and military hospitals. Beyond this, they were an integral component of the allied military machine,putting their own lives at risk in field hospitals close to the front lines, on board hospital ships vulnerable to enemy submarine attack, and in base hospitals subject to heavy bombardment. As working women in a sometimes hostile, chauvinistic world, allied nurses were also fighting to gain recognition for their profession and political rights for their sex. For them, military nursing might help to win not only the war itself, but also a more powerful voice for women in the post-warworld.

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Caring for the wounded of the First World War was tough and challenging work, demanding extensive knowledge, technical skill, and high levels of commitment. Although allied nurses were admired in their own time for their altruism and courage, their image was distorted by the lens of popular mythology. They came to be seen as self-sacr...

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Manchester and Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing. She was the founding Chair of the European Association for the History of Nursing, and has published extensively on the subjects of nursing education, clinical nursing, and the history of wartime...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inPublished:August 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703694

ISBN - 13:9780198703693

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Introduction1. A Call to Action: August-December, 19142. A Nursing Service on the Western Front: 19153. Nursing on the Eastern Front: 1914-19154. Gallipoli: April to December 19155. New Challenges on the Western Front: 19166. War of attrition: December 1916-March 19187. The Final Push: March-November 19188. Epilogue: The Rewards of Service?NotesFurther ReadingIndex