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By Evelyn Monahan, Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

The never-before-told tale of the U.S. women’s army corps: the ladies who fought for the proper to protect their state through serving in our military with complete army rank and benefits—a struggle that maintains this day for American army ladies who are looking to serve in wrestle help positions and in frontline wrestle units.

Using interviews, correspondence, and diaries, in addition to archival fabric, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee inform the outstanding tale of America’s “few stable women” who this present day make up greater than 15 percentage of the U.S. defense force and who serve along males in nearly each skill. listed below are the tales of the battles those ladies fought to march beside their brothers; their stories of braveness and fortitude; of the indignities they’ve persisted; the injustices they’ve triumph over; of the blood they’ve shed; the comrades they’ve misplaced; and the demanding situations they nonetheless face within the twenty-first century.

U.S. army girls have lived, and proceed to stay, the heritage that has helped to make and hold the US what it truly is. Now their tales were introduced jointly in a riveting firsthand narrative, as inspiring because it is illuminating.

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Qxd 48 3/3/09 12:17 Page 48 tells us that at Paris in 885⁄6, the Vikings used battering rams and siege engines to throw missiles at the Franks. The Carolingian Franks had not been unprepared either, as they used a mixture of oil, wax and pitch as well as ballistae against their besiegers, and reinforced their fortifications with wooden structures. Of course, as ever with medieval accounts of warfare, we should not dismiss the possibility that Abbo may have been rather influenced by classical models of warfare in his portrayal of the siege of Paris, but neither should we ignore the fact that the scholars at the West Saxon court, so influential in the policies of King Alfred, were equally well versed in the writings of classical authors and the West Saxon court’s official record, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, took a special interest in happenings across the Channel in the 880s.

For the majority of peasants drafted in to work on the smaller fortifications, especially during the period of what may effectively have been ‘emergency’ arrangements under King Alfred, garrison life may also have been singularly dull. qxd 3/3/09 12:17 Page 41 to underestimate the importance of press-ganged peasantry in the building of Alfred’s networks. For those living in areas such as around Winchester or London, the royal orders to work within the towns were probably not too onerous for a few months.

These were not simply camp followers, but are presumed to have been the wives of the warriors whose families lived and worked within the fortifications. Archaeological excavations and later records of street patterns have tended to show that the larger towns, such as Winchester, tended to be ‘zoned’ with trades and crafts grouped into particular areas. This was hardly unique to the Anglo-Saxons and was a tendency that continued throughout the Middle Ages into the Early Modern period. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see the early development of such urban life within the city walls as, for example, Winchester’s ‘Fleshmonger Street’, ‘Parchment Street’ and ‘Tanner Street’ became identifiable trading or craft-working areas during the Anglo-Saxon period.

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