Women Heroes of World War II - the Pacific Theater
Kathryn J. Atwood
Chicago Review Press, 2016 (2016)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ou'll find fifteen stories in this book about women who risked their lives during World War II as they furthered the Allied war effort acting as spies, journalists, saboteurs, and medics.
hile some of the women featured in this book survived horrific conditions, including a massacre conducted by Japanese soldiers and torture by Japan's military police, others showed their courage by assisting POWs and resistance fighters.
esides a handful of Asians, these brave women include nine Americans who found themselves in the Far East when war broke out. Each selection that describes the subject's actions also includes (when possible) a photo of the woman and short sidebars that offer additional details about a particular aspect of the war.
or example, the chapter on Minnie Vautrin, who was present at the 1913 Nanking Massacre, also includes information about the peer pressure the Japanese soldiers who didn't wish to engage in the atrocity had to contend with, and also a short piece on the outcome of event.
ntended for readers in their early teens, the book also features discussion questions, extensive notes and a bibliography.
hese stories add another dimension to the study of World War II and will appeal to girls who may not be drawn to the usual accounts and stories that feature the exploits of males.
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