Sisters in Arms : British Army Nurses Tell Their Story, Paperback

Sisters in Arms : British Army Nurses Tell Their Story Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The remarkable true story of the Queen Alexandra frontline nurses in the Second World War. The amazing experiences of the Queen Alexandra nurses in the Second World War form one of the greatest adventure stories of modern times, and - incredibly - remain largely untold.

Thousands of middle-class girls, barely out of school, were plucked from sheltered backgrounds, subjected to training regimes unimaginably tough by today's standards, and sent forth to share the harsh conditions of the fighting services.

They had to deal with the most appalling suffering, yet most found reserves of inner strength that carried them through episodes of unrelieved horror. Over 200 nurses died, torpedoed in hospital ships, bombed in field hospitals or murdered in Japanese prison camps.

Dozens won medals for gallantry. From the beaches of Dunkirk, to Singapore and D-Day, they saw it all.

Whether tending burned pilots from the Battle of Britain or improvising medical treatment in Japanese death camps, their dedication was second to none.

This is their story.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, 32
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780753825679



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The africans are exuberant, the australians free-wheeling, americans brash, japanese cruel and the english, wait for it, dogged. An exjournalist with daily mail and daily telegraph, Tyrer is not afraid of the sweeping stereotype. Nor is she afraid to kill a noun by applying the most numbingly predictable adjective. The way she writes in cliches and generalisations infuriates because the story she has deserves better; astonishingly sheltered upper class gels pitched into an ordeal no-one could have anticipated, and how the stiff upper lip patriotism of that era sustained them through it. The passages where the nurses own words are quoted, from interviews and autobiographies, are where the book is best.

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Interestingly blended to both history and fiction alike. Due to the fact that some "sources" presented are untraceable in nature. It was nice to see the letters, written by Women themselves, it gives the book a better, more in depth angle... But all in all some where in the middle it becomes all too grouse (as it should be with the theme like this) and it is hard to read to the very end.