Lieutenant Louise Erman of the US Army Nurse Corps throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class. The Army Nurses were put through rigiours training in preperation for the opening of the second front—Normandy—by the Allies where they would follow the landing forces to help the wounded.
Original caption:The guns of war may be rumbling nearby, but even the perils of battle can't rob the American woman of her right to look her best at all times. Here, on the U.S. Fifth Army Front in Italy, WAC Private Lois Lebert of Lafayette, Louisiana, applies her lipstick outside her tent quarters.
Three nurses of the 203d Gen. Hosp. prepare for movements overseas. Note that all three wear the Winter Combat Jacket ("Tanker" jacket). This photograph was taken in England prior to the unit's embarkation to Normandy, 1944 ~
2nd Lt. Mary W. Harrison, U.S. Army Nurse Corps at Anzio, Italy, 1944. 21st General Hospital. She was awarded the Purple Heart for combat wounds received at Anzio during an air raid on 7 February 1944. Three other Nurses were killed ~