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In Pictures: Women in World War I

While Britain’s male, fighting-age population faced the enemy on the Western Front, it was women who kept the country’s wheels turning

LADIES IN RED

Mairi Chisholm (right) and her friend Elsie Knocker drive their ambulance on the Belgian front lines. The two women ran a first-aid post in Pervyse together for the duration of the war.

IN CONTEXT

Before the outbreak of this global conflict, women’s roles in Britain were confined to the domestic and private spheres, with few exceptions. The coming of the war brought a unique opportunity for them to experience a new part of life, be it in the workplace or within politics. With much of the male population away on the front lines, women gained a taste of independence that, when peace came, they would not give up without a fight.

FRONT LINE LADIES

Many women left the safety of the home front and headed for France and Belgium

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Inside, Tudor historian Alison Weir uncovers one of the most "grievous miscarriages of justice" in English history, we find out why the Vietnam War was doomed from the start, and explore the secret life of Albert Einstein, from his rebellious childhood to his scandalous affair.