Women of Valor

The Rochambelles on the WWII Front

Ellen Hampton

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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Women of Valor tells the extraordinary story of the Rochambelles, the only women's unit to serve on the front lines of World War II. Some of them had been proper young ladies stranded abroad by the German invasion of France; others had scaled the Pyrénées by night to escape the Nazi occupation. All of them had a deep desire to help liberate their nation, and if they couldn’t fight, driving an ambulance would have to do. Organized in New York by a wealthy American widow determined to create an all-female ambulance corps, they served with unflinching courage--saving soldiers from burning camps, dodging bombs, bullets, and mines, and even talking their way out of German hands. With colorful, brave characters and fierce battle scenes, Women of Valor is both a gripping and delightful read.

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"This gripping tale of courage and passion is an homage to the Rochambelles
and to all the heroic women on the front lines, whether during World War II
or today."--Dominique Lapierre, co-author of Freedom at Midnight and Is Paris Burning?and author of The City of Joy
"A charming book that adds a unique perspective to our understanding of women's frontline activities during World War II."--Linda Grant De Pauw, President, The Minerva Center For Women and the Military and author of Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present
“This is a passionate and very lively book, which represents with fidelity the life of the Rochambelles, both the moments of tragedy and the moments of relaxation. Bravo!”--Edith Schaller Vézy, Rochambelle and author of Gargamelle, mon ambulance guerrière 2e DB.
"Ellen Hampton's book fills a critical void in the history of war and an important need in the history of women. As a former military officer and historian, I know those fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world today, cannot help but be affected by this narrative of courage and changing social relations during earlier but equally dangerous times. Heroines such as these must not be forgotten.  Hampton brings these brave women to life for all of us and forever."--Dr. Lorry M. Fenner, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and co-author of Women in Combat: Civic Duty or Military Liability?
"With style, grace, and a reporter's eye for detail, Ellen Hampton shows us that reality can be even more compelling than legend. By bringing to life the courage and dedication of a remarkable group of women, the Rochambelles, Hampton sheds light on a little known part of WWII history. Thanks to her sparkling prose, the adventures of these fabulous women will make readers laugh, cry and ultimately fall in love."--Don and Petie Kladstrup, bestselling authors of Wine & War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure and Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times

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Ellen Hampton

Ellen Hampton is a journalist who has covered Latin American politics, economics, and the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador for Cox Newspapers. She is currently resident director for the City University of New York’s Paris exchange program. She lives in Medan, France.

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Women of Valor
The Rochambelles on the WWII Front
Ellen Hampton

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
August 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781403971432
ISBN10: 1403971439
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes 22 black-and-white illustrations and 5 maps
$30.00
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