Women Heroes of World War I and II

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            16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics

Women Heroes of World War I brings to life the brave exploits of 16 women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most women didn’t even have the right to vote. Seventeen-year-old Frenchwoman Emilienne Moreau assisted the Allies as a guide and set up a first-aid post in her home. Russian peasant Maria Bochkareva joined the Imperial Russian Army, was twice wounded in battle and decorated for bravery, and created and led the all-women combat unit the Women’s Battalion of Death. American journalist Madeleine Zabriskie Doty risked her life to travel twice to Germany during the war. Resented, watched, and pursued by spies, she was determined to report back the truth. These and other suspense-filled stories of daring girls and women from around the world are told through fast-paced narrative, dialogue, direct quotes, and document and diary excerpts. Historical background information opens each section, and each profile includes informative sidebars and “Learn More” lists of books and websites for further study, making this a fabulous resource for young history buffs or anyone who likes tales of bravery and courage. 


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            26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work–sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.

            Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.


When I pick up a non-fiction book I usually think it is going to be long and boring, but I was definitely wrong about these two books. The stories of these remarkable, brave women during the two greatest wars intrigued me from start to finish. Kathryn Atwood kept each of the women’s stories brief but very informational. She also did an incredible job on explaining both wars and how they started. I was also pleased how she categorized each of the books. For Women Heroes of World War I, she organized the women into spies, soldiers, etc, and for Women Heroes of World War II, the women were categorized by where they were from, like England, United States, etc.

Both of these books had me doing my own research on places and people.

Over all, these two books were well written, historically accurate, and very interesting. For any who wants to read about true heroes and brave women, this is the right book(s) for you.

Titles: Women Heroes of World War I and Women Heroes of World War II

Author: Kathryn J. Atwood

Author’s Website: http://www.kathrynatwood.com/index.html

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.



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