Combatant or Non-Combatant? The Ambiguous Status of Women in British Anti-Aircraft Batteries during the Second World War

  title={Combatant or Non-Combatant? The Ambiguous Status of Women in British Anti-Aircraft Batteries during the Second World War},
  author={Jutta Schwarzkopf},
  journal={War \& Society},
  pages={105 - 131}
  • J. Schwarzkopf
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Political Science, History
  • War & Society
War, at least in the modern period, puts considerable strain on established notions of femininity and masculinity as being clearly marked off from each other by involvement in warfare. This became quite apparent in the two total wars of the twentieth century, which cast serious doubt upon any characterisation of warfare as an exclusively masculine affair. Frequent and large-scale bombing raids on civilian populations, particularly in the Second World War, blurred any distinction between 'the… 
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