History of women in combat

Published On: Jan 24 2013 11:06:08 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 03:19:59 PM CST

With Defense Secretary Ash Carter announcing Thursday that all U.S. military combat positions will now be open to women, take a look at the role women have played in major combats throughout history.

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One of the earliest -- and most famous -- examples of women in combat is Joan of Arc, the French teen whose divine visions compelled her to lead the French army to several important victories in the Hundred Years' War. She was later captured and burned at the stake for heresy when she was just 19.

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