The First World War changed men’s style. Men wore garments that were utilitarian with an improved fit, which led to the development of pieces such heavy-duty boots, durable trench coats and goggles that later, evolved into sunglasses. These styles have transcended time through brands such as Red Wing, Chippewa, Burberry and Ray-Ban.
Behind all of the men was an equally important group of women. What started as a small group of active duty nurses grew to 21,480 enlistees by Armistice Day with nearly fifty percent serving oversees. They endured weather, long hours, a flu epidemic, and unsanitary conditions and treated everything from gas burns to emotional trauma. Despite the duration of the war the quality of service did not deteriorate. The nurses risked their lives to provide exceptional care and even resorted to boil all water and tools on small gas stoves when conditions grew unsanitary. Ultimately, they saved countless lives, demonstrated bravery and were true patriots.
The wars end deemed them heroes; however, many of their stories continue to go untold.
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