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HAS THERE EVER BEEN A WOMEN-ONLY ARMY?

The Ministry of Defence has long debated whether women should fight for the nation’s armed forces but King Gezo of Dahomey had no such reservations. The Kings of Dahomey (modern-day Benin) had used women as palace guards back in the 18th century, but by 1850, Gezo had thousands of all-female regiments in his army. The Dahomeans were fighting enemies who greatly outnumbered them, so it was decided to bolster their forces with fierce female warriors, known as the Mino.

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