Women Combatants in World War I: A Russian Case Study

TitleWomen Combatants in World War I: A Russian Case Study
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSowers, Susan R., Army War Colleg U.S.), and Defense Technical U.S.)
Number of Pages70
PublisherU.S. Army War College
CityCarlisle Barracks, Pa.

]This paper initially demonstrates that WWI was the first modern era war, where women, in large populations, participated in the conduct of warfare. It compares the degree of utilization and the roles of women by four of the major powers in WWI: Britain, the United States, Germany, and Russia. While Britain, the U.S., and Germany allowed women to support the war in various degrees of uniformed integration, none of them armed their women nor located them dangerously close to combat. Focusing on Russia's great divergence from the popularly accepted norm that women should not be armed in war, the majority of the paper demonstrates the extent of Russia's use of women in combat roles superimposed on the political backdrop of WWI and the Russian Revolution. (Publisher)

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