Photograph of female ambulance drivers running to their vehicles in Etaples, France
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I was fascinated by this photograph because throughout my experiences as a student of contemporary history and politics, I have never encountered Étaples and examined its role as a military base during the First World War.
This photograph is also key in highlighting the important role that women played in the First World War, breaking down stereotypes and assumptions of male roles during this campaign. It also provides a significant insight into the bravery of the British Red Cross female ambulance drivers, to be active on the Western Front so close to fire.
Audio recording by Jasmine Cazals (Volunteer), Birmingham.
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