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  The Other Anzacs: The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
The Other Anzacs: Our World War I Nurses


 
Our Price: AU$35.00 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 428 pages
Author: P. Rees
Year: 2009
Other Data: b&w photos, honour roll, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9781742371184

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: ALL142
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"I had my right arm under a leg, which I thought was [the patient's], but when I lifted it I found to my horror that it was a loose leg with a boot and a puttee on it. It was one of the orderly's legs which had landed on the patient's bed. The next day they found the trunk about 20 yards away ..."

By the end of the Great War forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated. These were women who left for war on an adventure, but were soon confronted with remarkable challenged for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them.

They were there for the horrors of Gallipoli and they were there for the savagery of the Western Front. Within twelve hours of the slaughter at Anzac Cove they have over 500 horrifically injured patients to tend to on one crammed hospital ship, and scores of deaths on each of the harrowing days that followed. Every night was a nightmare. Their strength and humanity were remarkable.

Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees take us into the hospital camps and the wards and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to enrich their experiences and ours.

This is a very human story from a different era, when women had not long begun their quest for equality and won the vote. They were on the frontline of social change as well as war, and the hurdles they had to overcome and the price they paid, personally and professionally, make them  unique group in Anzac history.

Profoundly moving, "The Other Anzacs" is a story of extraordinary compassion and courage shown by a group of Australian and New Zealand women whose contribution to the Anzac legend had barely been recognised in our history. Peter Rees has changed our understanding of that history forever.

Contents:
Author's note
Introduction

Gallipoli
1. The big adventure
2. Relative relations
3. Different rules
4. The prelude
5. Gallipoli
6. Blooded
7. Not much comfort to a mother
8. Heartily sick of it
9. The Kiwis arrive
10. None of the old smallness in it
11. Broken bodies
12. Tears in the dark
13. The shabby sisters

The Marquette
14. Alone in the Aegean
15. 'We though they would let us die!'
16. No time for mock modesty
17. The price of sacrifice

The Western Front
18. The first Anzac service
19. Waiting for Harry
20. Harry's letter
21. Grasping for hope
22. The chill of war
23. No place to hide
24. Bombs and basins
25. Desolation
26. Survival
27. Gifts for France
28. Conscription
29. It's something big, Sister
30. The struggle ends
31. The fifth New Year
32. The aftermath

Australian World War I nurses honour roll
New Zealand World War I nurses honour roll
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index


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