Rule 5 Blogging: Women in Combat in History

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Uma Thurman in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week, a look back on some older photos, because, regardless of how we imagine things, armies have been using women in dangerous roles when they needed women in those roles.

Yugoslav fighters, members of the patriot forces, during training at an Allied camp in Italy on February 29, 1944. Click to enlarge.

Christian Lebanese women, members of Kataeb Phalangist party, train with weapons on Sept. 9, 1976. The Lebanese civil war erupted a year earlier. Erich Stering. Click to enlarge.

Jewish women in the Palestine Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British Army learn how to use gas masks, October 14, 1942. Many of them were in service on the Egyptian front. Click to enlarge.

Women help each other with bags at an embarkation port in the U.S. in this January 29, 1943, photo provided by the U.S. Army. They were bound for North Africa with the first detachment of the Women’’s Auxiliary Army Corps to be sent abroad. Click to enlarge.

A female Cambodian soldier totes a machine gun into combat during an operation across the Mekong River from Phnom Penh in the Prek Tamak area of Cambodia on Aug. 26, 1970. This region was the scene of heavy fighting between Cambodian troops and Viet Cong. The young woman is one of many who served as regular soldiers and medics in the rapidly expanded army . Ghislain Bellorget (Click to enlarge)

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