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  Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters
Following the Drum: Lives of Army Wives

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 464 pages
Author: A. Venning
Year: 2006
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780755312597

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: HOD006
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For centuries they have faced capture, torture, even death, to be with the ones they love. For centuries they have been the unsung heroines of war. This is their story.

Spanning four centuries, from the 1660s to the present day, 'Following the Drum' tells the stories of the wives, daughters and mistresses of British soldiers who followed their men to the most treacherous places in the world and sometimes on to the battlefield itself. These brave and resourceful women often endured long marches and harsh sieges, were taken captive or forced to become fugitives in enemy territory, and struggled to keep themselves and their families alive. Drawing on letters, journals and interviews, the author paints a vivid portrait of the extraordinary lives of women whose courage and resilience are often overlooked.

As well as blood and battles, Venning looks at the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life: from doing the laundry while under fire in the Crimea to finding baby food in riot-torn India. There are tales of illicit affairs, pompous commanders, hostile natives and devoted servants, but most of all there are the personal tragedies, hopes and ambitions of the women who followed the drum around the world.

1. Marriage and the Military
2. To Stay of to Go
3. Travels and Travails
4. A Home from Home
5. Mothers and Children
6. On Parade
7. Crime and Punishment
8. Scandal and Strife
9. Social Functions
10. Under Siege
11. Captives and Fugitives
12. At the Front and Under Fire
13. The End of the Line
Postscript: Looking Ahead
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A broad-ranging and meticulous historical study ... Jolly and heartbreaking (and occasionally racy) - Daily Telegraph

Well written and often gripping ... Annabel Venning is an engaging and passionate chronicler - Katie Hickman, Daily Mail

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