November 11, 2007 12:00 AM

Unsung heroines get their due

Ellen Hampton's fast-paced book tells the story of an outstanding group of women who were at the front lines of World War II in France. Some of these women are living still, making Hampton's story even more compelling. The Rochambelles -- formed at a time when women in France were not yet entitled to vote and had no more property rights than minors -- was organized in New York by Florence Conrad, a wealthy American widow living in France who was determined to create an all-female ambulance corps to help with the war effort.

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