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  • World War II Magazine

    Martha Gellhorn: A Woman at War

    In pursuit of a story, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn pushed the boundaries of her profession, the military, and even common sense. Martha Gellhorn was determined to cover D-Day, and she wasn’t about to let a little thing like the...

  • World War II Magazine

    She Also Served

    “What the hell are we supposed to do with them?” thundered one American army major in 1942, an all-too-typical reaction to the unprecedented flood of tens of thousands of women eager to serve their country in wartime. “Young girls...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Artists at War: Women in War

    Western art of the last 500 years illustrates the diverse roles women have played in times of conflict. The modern idea of women in war conjures images of combat, with women serving and sometimes dying in an arena long considered the sole...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Reaching for the Sky

    After breaking records and gender barriers in the Luftwaffe, two female pilots compete to change history—one to ensure Hitler’s success, the other his doom. Controversy stalked the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Germany had...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: Vietnam Nurses

    Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany DVD produced by Creative Street Productions, 2006, $21.95, vietnamnursesdvd.com Dana Delany is not a Vietnam nurse, but she played one on TV. This award- winning documentary hosted by the China Beach star is...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: On Their Own

    On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam by Joyce Hoffman. Da Capo Press, 2008, $27.50 Since the end of the Vietnam War, hundreds of books have been written in an attempt to examine, explain, define and even...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Privileged to Comfort the Dying

    Amid the horrors of war, I learned what life is all about. I can still hear my dad say to my mom, “Olga, guess where Sis is going to now?” I can still see the tears in my mom’s eyes as she said to me, “I always told you to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Courageous Women

    The experiences of women on the front lines illuminate their roles in the war...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    One Small Step

    The first woman to parachute from an airplane, ‘Tiny’ Broadwick leapt into the record books. On January 9, 1914, a diminutive young woman “stood poised for a moment on a step at the side of the Martin biplane, looked down 1,000 feet...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: West With the Night

    West With the Night by Beryl Markham Beryl Markham was the first person to fly solo from England to North America from east to west, against prevailing Atlantic winds. She accomplished this remarkable feat in 1936, flying a Vega Gull...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Two Electras in Search of Howland Island

    Thirty years after Amelia Earhart vanish, another woman flier set out to retrace her unfinished journey. The Lockheed Model 10 Electra circled above the vast Pacific, its crew members straining their eyes in search of a small island, just...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Briefing- September 2009

    Scrapyard Spitfire There are more Spitfires flying today than have been airworthy since the early 1950s: at least 50, some sources say, with as many as 150 more in various stages of rebuilding and modification all over the world. Though...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Red Sky, Black Death

    Red Sky, Black Death: A Soviet Woman Pilot’s Memoir of the Eastern Front by Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova, Slavica, Bloomington, Ill., 2009, $29.95. “So you want to fly the Shturmovik? Do you have any idea what a hellish job that is? No...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Agnes Lake Hickok

    Agnes Lake Hickok: Queen of the Circus, Wife of a Legend by Linda A. Fisher and Carrie Bowers, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2009, $29.95.  Most students of Western history know Agnes Lake as the wife of James “Wild Bill”...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Red Light Women

    Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains by Jan MacKell, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2009, $34.95. Coloradan author Jan MacKell has expanded her horizontal horizons with a book about Rocky Mountain whores. Back in 2004 she...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Pistols, Petticoats & Poker

    Pistols, Petticoats & Poker: The Real Lottie Deno by Jan Devereaux, High-Lonesome Books, Silver City, N.M., 2009, $25. It is human nature to romanticize bygone times, to regard our forebears’ hardscrabble lives through the clouded...