"German Women Help to Win!": Women and the German Military in the Age of World Wars

Title"German Women Help to Win!": Women and the German Military in the Age of World Wars
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
EditorHacker, Barton C., and Margaret Vining
Book TitleA Companion to Women's Military History
Pagination485-511
PublisherBrill
CityLeiden; Boston
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During World Wars I and II German women's service became increas­ingly important for the functioning of the home front as well as the battle front. In 1944-45, more than 500,000 women were auxiliaries in the Ger­man armed forces (Wehrmacht), the same number served in civil aerial defense, 400,000 volunteered as nurses, and many more replaced drafted men in the wartime economy. This book chapter takes a closer look at German women's wartime service in the age of the two world wars in history and historiography, and tries to explain the para­dox that while women's wartime service was needed, it has long been overlooked in postwar memory and mainstream historiography.

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