If you have followed the Jade del Cameron mysteries, starting with Mark of the Lion, then you know that Jade is a veteran of The Great War, having served as an ambulance driver in the Hackett-Lowther Unit. This unit was covered in one of my first blogs, so I invite you to go back and take a look at it if you haven't already. Many women worked under shell fire as ambulance drivers or as nurses and aid and some died for their pains.
Women have served, often uninvited, in all our wars, and while some officials at the time praised their patriotism, others ridiculed them for behaving in an "unwomanly manner."
There are some good websites to get you started, if you'd like to learn more about women who have served.
Women in the Civil War http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets2.html
WWI Women's Signal Corps http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/signal.html
WWII Women's Air Service Pilots http://www.twu.edu/library/wasp/index.htm
And again, thank you to all those men and women who have served and paid the ultimate price.
(next week: Souks of Morocco Part 1)