Book Review: The Women Who Flew For Hitler By Clare Mulley

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Anne Sebba reviews The Women who Flew for Hitler by Clare Mulley (Macmillan) and Avenging Angels: Soviet Women Snipers on the Eastern Front by Lyuba Vinogradova (MacLehose) 

Should women serve in combat roles? Only last year Britain lifted the last restrictions, making all combat jobs open to women, even those demanding great physical strength. General Sir Peter Wall, former Chief of the General Staff, observed that the reform “would make [the Army] look more normal in society – but there will always be people who say the close battle is no place for female soldiers”.

In many other countries, that is exactly what is still said, but the debate is fierce. Does having women on the front create more danger – partly because of the sexual tension? On the other hand, does treating female recruits differently, or lowering standards in their training, reinforce age-old cultural myths – which in turn...

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Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/women-war-did-feel-fly-hitler-fight-red-army/

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