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Seventy years ago this past June the armies of the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to put an end to what had begun, in a sense, 30 Junes earlier on the streets of Sarajevo when Franz Ferdinand lost his life to an assassin's bullet.

The connections between the two world wars are myriad but one that most Americans never consider is this: both conflicts were fought with courage if not her... Read more of this blog post »
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Women Heroes of World War II
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Women and World War I
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Women Heroes of World War II (History)
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Description: published in 2007 in the online magazine, "Subtle Tea."

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Women Heroes of World War I by Kathryn J. Atwood
"An action-packed book teaching about largely forgotten (but no longer thanks to this book) women and their courageous efforts to help the war effort of their mother country. (This review was written by my 11 year-old son)"
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The First World War in 100 Objects by Peter Doyle
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Women Heroes of World War I by Kathryn J. Atwood
"A 10,000 foot mountain in the Canadian Rockies is named for one Edith Cavell, (“a British nurse executed during World War I for her part in helping Allied prisoners escape occupied Brussels,” says Parks Canada). Thanks to a great new book, armchai..." Read more of this review »
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“But most of these women -- the famous and the obscure -- had one thing in common: they did not think of themselves as heroes. They followed their consciences, saw something that needed to be done, and they did it. And all of them helped win a war, even though many of them paid the ultimate price for their contribution. But their sacrifice was not in vain, especially if their courage continues to inspire others to fight injustice and evil wherever they find it.
--From Women Heroes of WWII
Kathryn J. Atwood

“Ironically, the memory of the women heroes of World War I was largely eclipsed by the very women they had inspired. The more blatant evil enacted into law by Nazi Germany during the Second World War ensured that those who fought against it would continue to fascinate long after the first war had become a vague, unpleasant memory—one brought to mind only by fading photographs of serious, helmeted young men standing in sandbagged trenches or smiling young women in ankle-length nursing uniforms, or by the presence of poppies in Remembrance Day ceremonies.”
Kathryn J. Atwood, Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

“During the conflict that was placed before them, they not only gained the gratitude of many in their own generation but they proved, for the first time on a global scale, the enormous value of a woman’s contribution, paving the way for future generations of women to do the same.”
Kathryn J. Atwood, Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

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