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                              AND IF I PERISH -
EVELYN MONAHAN & ROSEMARY NEIDEL GREENLEE

This book is divided into four sections:  The North African Campaign, The Italian Campaign, the Liberation of France and the Conquest of Germany.  Within each category the book gives us detailed information about the role the nurses played in several of the famous battles we are all familiar with today.  More than 59,000 nurses volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Corps - 216 lost their lives and more than 1600 were decorated for meritorious service.

The authors make us aware of the numerous problems the nurses faced along the way such as their need to wear slacks instead of dresses in order to deal with the elements of the weather.  They had to wear men's coveralls or be able to sew together their own articles of clothing.  Somehow, the nurses managed to do their job even though there was a tremendous shortage of supplies. 

This book is an excellent tribute to the women who served as nurses during World War II.  Their story is a moving, detailed description of something many of us were not aware of - the fact that these women served on the front lines during the war.    The story in itself is very interesting but at the same time it is an excellent historical account of what happened during the war.  This is a captivating book and one of the best I have read!  I have always admired nurses for the work they do and this book confirms the respect they deserve.  Add this one to your reading list.  It is an excellent read!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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