Communist guerrilla soldiers of the Liberation Army of South Vietnam returning from a successful mission against US forces in 1966. Photo: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Women in combat, from World War II anti-Nazi Greek resistance to Viet Cong to Syrian Kurdish militia

  • Female soldiers are rarely given combat roles or admitted to elite front-line units, yet history shows women have often taken up arms
  • They were guerilla fighters and fired anti-aircraft guns in the Vietnam war, and the Kurdish YPJ militia in Syria are known as ‘the women who terrify Isis’
Topic |   War and conflict
Communist guerrilla soldiers of the Liberation Army of South Vietnam returning from a successful mission against US forces in 1966. Photo: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
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