Anzac Girls: The Extraordinary Story of our World War 1 Nurses

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 434 pages
Author: P. Rees
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781760293291
Other: 2nd ed., b&w photos, honour rolls, bibliog, index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

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

Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes 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 shine through and to enrich our experience.

Profoundly moving, "Anzac Girls" is the story that inspired the TV series of the same name. It is a story of extraordinaty courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our hsitory.

Peter Rees has change that understanding forever.

Author's note

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 iold smallness in it
11. Broken bodies
12. Tears in the dark
13. The shabby sisters

The Marquette
14. Alone in the Aegean
15. 'We thought 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

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