History of women in combat

POSTED: 9:06 AM Jan 24 2013   UPDATED: 1:19 PM Jan 24 2013

Women have played a role in major combats throughout history.

Women in Combat - Joan of Arc
1 / 12

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.