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"A broad-ranging and meticulous historical study . . . jolly and heartbreaking (and occasionally racy)."
- Sunday Express

"Annabel Venning knows all about the trials of army women . . . she does a good job in rescuing them from undeserved oblivion."
- Sunday Telegraph

"Spanning four centuries, from the 1660s to the present day, FOLLOWING THE DRUM tells the stories of the wives, daughters and mistresses of British soldiers who followed their menfolk to some of the most treacherous places in the world and sometimes on to the battlefield itself. These brave and resourceful women often endured long marches and harsh sieges, were taken captive or forced to become fugitives in enemy territory and struggled to keep themselves and their families alive. Drawing on letters, journals and interviews, FOLLOWING THE DRUM pays tribute to the remarkable women who triumphed among the blood, battles and drama."

“As an 'army wife' I was thrilled to read this book. I have long been interested in the women behind the men in many walks of life. This book casts light on female army spouses and family members over many years. It is both poignant and entertaining. In many ways it adds credibility to the almost invisible role played by army spouses (nowadays male and female).”

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Hardback 2005.

372 pages.

16 pages of black & white and colour illustrations and photographs.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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