ANZAC girls: the extraordinary story of our World War I nurses. Peter Rees. 2014.

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By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas services and over two hundred had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable.

Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battle fronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to shine through and to enrich our experience.