First and foremost I want to thank the staff at Duke University
Press and in particular Ken Wissoker, who has been a support-
ive, incisive, and patient editor throughout this process. Over the
ten years or so that I have worked on and around images of mili-
tary women, I have presented papers and received enthusiastic,
helpful, and probing responses from audiences in the U.K. and
the U.S. Thanks are due to all those who listened and debated
with me on these issues, though I particularly want to thank
Christine Gledhill for her incisive commentary. Many others
have discussed this project with me, read segments, helped out,
or loaned materials; among others, my thanks go to Charles Barr,
Jane Bryan, Shelley Cobb, Steve Cohan, Richard Crockatt, Bob
Eberwein, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Christine Gledhill, Hannah
Hamad, Mike Hammond, Christine Holmlund, Bill Luhr, Linda
Mizejewski, Kristian Moen, Margaret Montgomerie, Lawrence
Napper, Diane Negra, Sarah Projansky, Lindsay Steenberg, Tim
Stephens, Sue Thornham, Linda Ruth Williams, Nadine Wills,
and Elizabeth Young.
Immense thanks are owed to the Library of Congress staff,
notably Madeline Matz, who tracked down film prints, enthusi-
astically identified new titles for me to peruse, and was so very
welcoming during my stay in the U.S. Thanks also to the staff at
the National Archives in Washington, the film archive at the Im-
perial War Museum, the National Film Archive in London, and
the Television News Archive at Vanderbilt University. The U.K.’s
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