In Rumania in the autumn of 1916, at the height of the First World War, a battlefield nurse is pushed beyond her endurance by the depredations of the German and Austro-Hungarian armies, and she takes up a rifle to fight them. The Heroine from the Jiu (as she is called) was the first modern female combat soldier in Rumanian history. She won several medals for heroism in battle before dying at the front and has long been considered to be a Rumanian national hero, one of those responsible for its independence.
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