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The Resource Switchboard soldiers : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini

Switchboard soldiers : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini

Label
Switchboard soldiers : a novel
Title
Switchboard soldiers
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Chiaverini
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I-the women of the US 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. He immediately found himself unable to communicate with troops in the field. Pershing needed operators who could swiftly and accurately connect multiple calls, speak fluent French and English, remain steady under fire, and be utterly discreet, since the calls often conveyed classified information. At the time, nearly all well-trained American telephone operators were women, but women were not permitted to enlist, or even to vote in most states. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Signal Corps promptly began recruiting them. More than 7,600 women responded, including Grace Banker of New Jersey, a switchboard instructor with AT & T and an alumna of Barnard College; Marie Miossec, a Frenchwoman and aspiring opera singer; and Valerie DeSmedt, a twenty-year-old Pacific Telephone operator from Los Angeles, determined to strike a blow for her native Belgium. They were among the first women sworn into the U.S. Army under the Articles of War. The male soldiers they had replaced had needed one minute to connect each call. The switchboard soldiers could do it in ten seconds. The risk of death was real, the women worked as bombs fell around them, as was the threat of a deadly new disease: the Spanish Flu. Not all of the telephone operators would survive."--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3553.H473
LC item number
S95 2022b
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Banker, Grace
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • United States
  • Women soldiers
  • Telephone operators
Target audience
adult
Label
Switchboard soldiers : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A novel of the heroic women who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 733-736)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1308410653
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First Harper Large Print edition.
Extent
736 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780063241978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
(OCoLC)1308410653
Label
Switchboard soldiers : a novel, Jennifer Chiaverini
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A novel of the heroic women who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 733-736)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1308410653
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First Harper Large Print edition.
Extent
736 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780063241978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
(OCoLC)1308410653

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