Series: Studies in Canadian Military History
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: UBC Press (May 21, 2016)
In Sisters Soldiers of the Great War, award-winning author Cynthia Toman recovers the long-lost history of Canada's first women soldiers - nursing sisters who enlisted as officers with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. These experienced professional nurses left their friends, families, and jobs to enlist in the army. Granted relative rank and equal pay to men, they had a mandate to salvage as many sick and wounded men as possible for return to the frontlines. Nothing prepared them for poor living conditions, the scale of casualties, or the type of wounds they encountered, but their letters and diaries reveal that they were determined to soldier on under all circumstances while still "living as well as possible."