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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781684373505
  • Imprint: Astra Publishing House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $37.00

Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call

The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators



Led by twenty-five-year-old Grace Banker, thirty-two telephone operators—affectionately called “Hello Girls” back in the US—became the first female combatants in World War I.

Led by twenty-five-year-old Grace Banker, thirty-two telephone operators — affectionately called "Hello Girls" back in the US — became the first female combatants in World War I.

Follow Grace Banker's journey from her busy life as a telephone switchboard trainer in New York to her pioneering role as the Chief Operator of the 1st Unit of World War I telephone operators in the battlefields of France. With expert skill, steady nerves, and steadfast loyalty, the Signal Corps operators transferred orders from commanders to battlefields and communicated top-secret messages between American and French headquarters. After faithfully serving her country —undaunted by freezing weather and fires; long hours and little sleep, and nearby shellings and far off explosions — Grace was the first and only woman operator in the Signal Corps to be awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781684373505
  • Imprint: Astra Publishing House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $37.00

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