Sisters in Arms

Female warriors from antiquity to the new millennium

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'A long overdue assertion on the role of women on the battlefield. This book is going straight on my daughter's bookshelf.' -
Dan Snow, historian, TV presenter and broadcaster

'Sisters in Arms shows the many faces of women in combat – from the myths of the ancient world to the headline-grabbing conflicts of today – with a scrupulous attention to their different contexts, but a common compassion for their struggles and achievements.' - Boyd Tonkin, journalist and author

'Wheelwright not only uncovers neglected female warriors, but she brings their temperaments, talents, fancies, and foibles to life.' - Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck, University of London

Sisters in Arms
charts the evolution of women in combat, from the Scythian warriors who inspired the Amazonian myth, to the passing soldiers and sailors of the eighteenth century, and on to the re-emergence of women as official members of the armed forces in the twentieth century.

Author Julie Wheelwright traces our fascination with these forgotten heroines, using their own words, including official documents, diaries, letters and memoirs, to bring their experiences vividly to life. She examines their contemporary legacy and the current role of women in the armed forces, while calling into question the enduring relationship between masculinity and combat.

Table of Contents


1: The Persistence of a Phenomenon
2: The Founding Myth of the Amazons
3: Enlisting
4: Life Among the Men
5: The Denouement
6: Back to Civvy Street
7: The Legacy
8: Daughters of Warriors
9: Komsomol Girls to Facebook Icons

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Product details

Published Feb 20 2020
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781472838018
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16pp plate section in b&w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Julie Wheelwright

Dr Julie Wheelwright is a senior lecturer in the E…


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