Women At War [Afternoon Reading]
A series of five short stories by (and about) women, written during the Second World War.
|01||Night In The Front Line||20051107||20070813||Feisty Mrs Minnow, bombed out of her house, has had just about enough from 'Mr Hitler'.|
|02||I Was Too Ignorant||20051108||20070814||An inexperienced nurse finds unexpected fulfilment amid the horrific conditions of a military hospital in France.|
|03||The Sailor's Wife||20051109||20070815||In a harbour town, a young service wife dreams up a surprising way of securing lodging for herself and her baby.|
|04||Poor Mary||20051110||20070816||Mary is a sergeant in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, her husband is a conscientious objector.|
After four years away, Mary seems to have changed.
|05 LAST||The Mandoline||20051111||20070817||An elderly couple handle a potentially embarrassing encounter with a German prisoner of war.|
Producer Martin Jarvis
|20131008||20131027||Emma Barnett visits the Canadian army to explore life for women on the military frontline.|
Emma Barnett visits the Canadian army to find out what life is like for women serving on the military front line, and she explores whether the British Army might change its rules to let women serve in these positions.
In early 2013, the United States Secretary of Defense announced that US armed forces would soon open positions in ground close combat units - those designed to close with and engage the enemy - to women.
In Canada those posts have been open for nearly 20 years. In this programme Emma visits Brenda Hawke, a soldier who has served 16 years in the infantry, and Ashley Colette, an officer who received one of Canada's highest awards for her leadership of a combat unit in Afghanistan, to find out the reality of combat for women. And she speaks to Colonel Jennie Carignan, one of the Canadian Army's most senior women, about the challenges the organisation faced in integrating women.
The British armed forces last reviewed their exclusion of women from these roles in 2010, and are not due to reconsider until 2017-18. But the American decision leaves the UK isolated amongst close allies, and Emma speaks to the Chief of Defence Personnel at the Ministry of Defence, Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory, to ask whether the UK may now bring forward that review.
Producer: Giles Edwards.
|20131008||20140602||Emma Barnett hears how women in the Canadian Army serve in the front line and asks if the British Army will soon follow their example.|
Last month, the UK government announced a review into whether women in the British Army should be allowed for the first time to serve in the infantry and the armoured corps.
At the moment, they are excluded from taking part in front line fighting where the primary aim is to "close with and kill the enemy".
The next review of this policy had been planned for 2018. But the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, has said that it will now report by the end of this year.
In this programme, Emma visits Canada where restrictions on women serving in the front line were lifted some 20 years ago.
She speaks to Brenda Hawke, a soldier with 16 years' service in the infantry, and Ashley Colette, an officer who received one of Canada's highest awards for her leadership of a combat unit in Afghanistan.
And she hears from Colonel Jennie Carignan, one of the Canadian Army's most senior women, about the challenges of integrating women into the organisation.
Producers: Giles Edwards and Peter Mulligan.