Irish Servicewomen in the Great War from the Western Front to the Roaring Twenties written by Barbara Walsh and published by Pen and Sword Books – £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 204.

I must admit that I am a big fan of women’s history and it was so nice to read a book about the Great War that involved women for a change, as it’s usually written about the men. Women of course wanted to play a part in fighting the war and why not, it was also a chance for women to establish themselves as equals to the men and established themselves in the workplace. This well written book looks at the contributions to the Women’s Auxiliary Corps. This book doesn’t get bogged down in the traditional writing you get in war books, you actually do get the accounts of the women and the roles they fulfilled.

This book is an excellent book written by the author Barbara Walsh and her research and depth of knowledge shines through to present a really good read. I could see that some people might think this book is a little dry or overly officious but it had me interested from the start and despite it sometimes being a dark subject I found it an easy read. There is an excellent collection of notes and reference points throughout the book which further adds to the quality of the book, and especially for a book about women where information can be so hard to find. I recommend this book as a good quality read which I am happy to give 4 out of 5 stars.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.