London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1938. First edition. Periodical. This February, 1938 issue of The Strand Magazine (Vol. XCIV, No. 566) contains the first publication of Winston Churchill’s essay “Women in War”. Within this essay Churchill wrestles with the “unnatural” nature of women participating in combat in light of the necessities of global war. He concludes that women have a place in war, just not on the front lines. “The men fight; the women make the weapons.” Just a few harrowing years later, Churchill’s prediction would be reality with nearly 90% of single women and 80% of married women working in factories, on the land, or in the armed forces by the summer of 1943 (UK Ministry of Defence).
This article, prominently advertised on the cover with an illustration of a smiling Churchill, fills pages 406-14 and is illustrated with images of women in military service around the world. Also included in this issue is the first publication of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot short story, “The Dream”. This issue is in good only condition. The covers are complete, clean, and bright with only minor wear to the extremities. This issue’s chief flaw is its spine which is missing a significant portion of its lower half. The contents are complete, clean, and bright with no markings or spotting; a previous owner repaired the page following Churchill’s article with tape. “Women in War” was also published the following month in America in the Sunday Chronicle and included in Collected Essays, Vol. 1 at pages 380-7.
Reference: Cohen C565a, Woods C368. Item #005039