The books illustrated boards have a protective film which has general light marks; spine ends and corners are bumped. The text block is tight and appears unread. More than 800,000 Russian women answered their country's call during the Second World War, either as members of the regular armed forces or partisan bands or both. Not only did they serve as doctors and nurses and support troops, they also played important roles in combat functions of all Soviet services, on land, sea and in the air. More than 200 women speak in the book, describing how young girls, who dreamed of becoming brides, became soldiers in 1941. They killed the enemy who, with unprecedented cruelty, had attacked their land, their homes and their children. The Soviet press called the book "a vivid reporting of events, long past, which affected the destiny of the nation as a whole."