Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War by Chris Schoeman

By Chris Schoeman

After the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer struggle, 1000's of girls left their international locations for South Africa, a few looking for event, others with a powerful wish to aid the sufferers of struggle. They got here from around the globe – from Britain and its colonies, and from pro-Boer nations in Europe. yet, no matter what their origins, all of them got here to dwell and paintings less than harsh stipulations in a global that was once international to them.

Angels of Mercy tells the tale of twelve of those courageous girls. Hailing from England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, a few labored as nurses at the frontline, whereas others got here to coach Boer little ones within the focus camps. according to own diaries and letters and different wartime resources, this attention-grabbing and encouraging publication tells in their trials and tribulations as they handled the hazards of battle, the extremes of our surroundings, and the sorrowful eyes of the demise males less than their care. Theirs are tales of compassion and braveness.

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