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Switchboard soldiers : a novel / Jennifer Chiaverini.

A bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I--the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military, smashed the workplace glass ceiling, and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to victory. In June 1917, General John Pershing arrived in France to establish American forces in Europe, but communications with Allied commanders and troops in the field were perilously unreliable. At the time, nearly all American telephone operators were women, but women were not permitted to enlist. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Signal Corps promptly began recruiting them, and more than 7,600 women responded. They were among the first women sworn into the U.S. Army under the Articles of War. The male soldiers they replaced had needed one minute to connect each call; the women switchboard soldiers could do it in ten seconds.

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  • ISBN: 9780063080690
  • ISBN: 0063080699
  • Physical Description: 453 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow :

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [451]-453).
Subject: United States. Army. Signal Corps > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Participation, Female > Fiction.
Telephone operators > France > 20th century > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
France > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
War fiction.

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  • 3 of 5 copies available at Pottsville District Libraries. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Frackville Free Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Frackville Free Public Library FICCH (Text) 30459000390924 New Books Area Checked Out 09/30/2023

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