'Riveting and beautifully illustrated' The Lady
'Engrossing . . . far more than a sartorial survey' The Oldie
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A vivid history of ordinary women and their extraordinary deeds through two world wars and beyond, by From Our Own Correspondent presenter Kate Adie.
Uniform is universally seen as both a stamp of authority and of official acceptance. But the sight of a woman in military uniform still provokes controversy. Although more women are now taking prominent roles in combat, the status implied by uniform is often regarded as contrary to the general perception of womanhood.
In association with the Imperial War Museum, this is the first book to look at the image of uniformed women, both in conflict and in civilian roles throughout the twentieth century. Kate Adie examines the extraordinary range of jobs that uniformed women have performed, from nursing to the armed services. Through contemporary correspondence and many personal stories she brings the enormous and often unsung achievements of women in uniform vividly to life, and looks at how far women have come in a century which, for them, began restricted in corsets and has ended on the battlefield in camouflage.
Kate Adie became a household name through her work as the BBC`s chief news correspondent, reporting major stories and from war zones around the world. She has won numerous awards including two Royal Television Society awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild`s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.
Kate Adie presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of several bestselling books.
In Forgotten Voices: Victoria Cross, first-hand accounts of soldiers, sailors and airmen describe the incredible events that earned these extraordinary men the VC in the last century.
Captivating and often humbling, these stories depict exceptional acts of bravery in unimaginable situations, of men who would say they were just doing their duty.
Introduction by General Sir Richard Dannatt.
Ebook best viewed on a tablet.
Over 100 maps demonstrating how the Great War was fought around the world.
Types of maps featured:
• Small scale maps showing country boundaries and occupied territories
• Large-scale maps covering the key battles and offensives on all fronts of the war
• Trench maps showing detailed positions of the front line
• Maps from newspapers, battle planning and propaganda
Key offensives covered include:
• The Battles of the Marne and Ypres
• Tannenberg and the Eastern Front
• Verdun and the Somme
• The Gallipoli Campaign
• Battle of Jutland
• The Advances to Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad
• Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele
• German 1918 offensives and Allied counter-offensives
• Battle of Jutland
Along with the maps, key historical events are described, giving an illustrated history of the war from an expert historian.
'Written with a sure touch . . . Adie has a natural understanding of what it is like to be unsure of your origins' Sunday Telegraph
'A cracker of a subject . . . (Adie) writes with an engaging, forthright immediacy' New Statesman
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Bestselling author and BBC reporter Kate Adie writes vividly, inspiringly and from many fascinating perspectives about what it means to be an abandoned child.
What's your name? Where were you born? What is your date of birth? Simple questions that we are asked throughout our life - but what if you didn't know the answers?
Journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent Kate Adie uncovers the extraordinary, moving and inspiring stories of just such children - without mother or father, any knowledge of who they might be, or even a name to call their own.
With a curiosity inspired by her own circumstances as an adopted child, Kate shows how the most remarkable adults have survived the experience of abandonment.
From every perspective Kate Adie brings us a personal, moving and fascinating insight into the very toughest of childhood experiences - and shows what makes us who we really are.