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Christine E. Hallett

was drawn to the war by a belief that it was a noble cause in which a heroic generation was sacrificing itself for the good of all.32 It was only later that she realised that ‘naïve idealism … had been both the virtue and the fatal weakness of her generation’.33 Brittain herself commented in her later autobiography, Testament of Experience, that her experience in the ‘German Ward’ had set her on the path to pacifism and work for the League of Nations.34 In Testament of Youth, she recalled the vulnerability of her German prisoner-patients, and her sense of a common

in Nurse Writers of the Great War