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G. I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corps in World War II Hardcover – April, 1996


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Tomblin (history, Rutgers Univ.) has written an account of the 80,000 army nurses who served during World War II. These nurses participated in every theater of the war; some died while on duty, and many were decorated for their bravery. Along with their deserving stories, the reader learns the history of women nurses in the military. Tomblin allows the nurses to tell their stories in their own words, describing everything from operating room procedures to their participation in the Normandy invasion. The writing is engaging and should have broad appeal for everyone interested in World War II.?Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Mich.
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Tomblin's admirable narrative history of the U.S. Army nurses of World War II avoids the Procrustean theoretical apparatus of gender studies to straightforwardly tell who did what, where and when. The Army Nurse Corps, originally with rather than in the army, was reorganized and expanded just in time for World War II. After reporting that development, Tomblin follows the nurses from the vast Pacific to the intense European to the miseries of the China-Burma-India theaters of war. She also recalls the work of the nurses who held the fort at army hospitals back home and the particular story of African American nurses, who suffered discrimination during the war and oblivion afterward. Tomblin's modest volume (considering the potential size of the subject) makes a thoroughly readable addition to World War II and women's studies collections. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813119510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813119519
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barbara Brooks Tomblin is a naval historian and the author of G.I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Coprs in World War II; With Utmost Spirit: Allied Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, 1942-45; and Bluejackets and Contrabands: African Americans and the Union Navy, as well as articles on American military and naval history. She holds a doctorate in American History from Rutgers University where she also taught courses in military history.

Find more information out about Barbara Tomblin at www.barbaratomblin.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Camp on February 14, 2010
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I purchased this for my 80 year old neighbor who was a WWII Nurse. She thought is was a great read and keeps going back and reading different sections. She really has enjoyed this book and would recomment it for anyone who is interested in WWII Nurses.
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By following the nurses who were stationed in all theaters of war, the reader will be reading the story of the Second World War. They were everywhere that the U.S. soldier was, in order to care for the sick and wounded in battle. Sometimes the nurses and medical teams were behind enemy lines, or captured and held prisoner, and all these stories are told in this well-researched book.
Many of these nurses tell their stories in oral histories in my book, NO TIME FOR FEAR, VOICES OF AMERICAN MILITARY NURSES IN WORLD WAR II, and reading about them here was like meeting the brave women again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine D. Fleischman on July 8, 2011
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Fabulous book about a subject rarely covered. Good to see the women from World War II getting a bit of recognition.
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By muddish on May 20, 2013
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I have only read excerpts so far - my grandmother, Lt. Anne Winifred "Mickey" Murray was one of the 1st ten Army nurses to land on Saipan, which is mentioned in the book. She served in the civilian hospital. Those ten nurses volunteered without being told where they were going. They only found out when a Japanese transition came over the air during the flight welcoming them to Saipan and naming every nurse and their hometown. It is fascinating to read about all that Gram left out about her time over there. Sadly, she passed a year ago today just shy of 95 and we can no longer ask her to tell her stories.
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