Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn

I enjoyed reading Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn*. I expected to read about canary girls, but it was so much more than that. There are spies and nurses and the book was so much more interesting than I imagined it would be. There is a whole chapter with different women and their stories and I think that was my favourite part of the book. Especially as the authors mention British women, but also other European women too, who were British spies, for example. I did not know about them, so it was very nice to read about them.

Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn

The book starts with a short presentation of women’s situation before the war. They mention the Pankhurst family with glowing remarks, which is a bit strange, but, well, that’s their view. They also talk about the opportunities women had before getting married and the lack of opportunities after they got married. War changed so much in their lives.

So many women’s organizations sprung up at that time and they are mentioned in the book, with short descriptions. I had no idea that there were so many. The authors talk about all the women, from girls previously hired in domestic service that during the war had many more options for employment, to aristocratic women and Queen Mary and Princess Mary, as they were highly involved in the war effort.

It is a short book and it is very structured. I think it makes for a very interesting read. They also share lists of women who died and with short descriptions and that is a poignant way to see the victims of the war. I gave it 4.5 stars because they use Wikipedia as a source, twice, and that should only be used as a primary source.

Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn:

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My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pen & Sword Military
Year it was published: 2017
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History – WWI
Pages: 144

About the authors: Stephen Wynn is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.
He is married to Tanya and they co-author a number of non-fiction books.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



4 thoughts on “Women in the Great War by Stephen Wynn, Tanya Wynn”

  • I think I know which book Yvonne mentions above, I have read it last year. I have started a review as well, just need to edit it.
    The role of women in the war is such a vast topic, it might be not easy to squeeze it all in a short book. Their choices have expanded dramatically. This book sounds like a good introduction for anyone interested in the subject.

    • Yes, it is a very ample subject. I didn’t know much as it seems most of the movies and information are about WWII, when things were slightly different for women.

  • I am wondering if this is too broad a subject to be adequately covered in such a short book, or is it really only designed to offer a short snap-shot, so that the reader can then decide if they wish to pursue certain aspects of the content in any more detail!

    By coincidence I have just opened the first pages of my next book for review, which is about of Manchester girls who, during WWII, decide to help the war effort by working on the railways, so I’ll let you know how that goes!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🙂

    • It is a short snap-shot, but it has quite a lot of details for a book this short. This is why I liked it so much.

      The book on the Manchester girls sounds really interesting. I am looking forward to reading your review for it.

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