Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of by Paul A. Kennedy,Christopher B. Kennedy,Rick Atkinson,John T.

By Paul A. Kennedy,Christopher B. Kennedy,Rick Atkinson,John T. Greenwood Ph.D.

In November 1942, Paul Andrew Kennedy (1912--1993) boarded the St. Elena in ny Harbor and sailed for Casablanca as a part of Operation Torch, the big Allied invasion of North Africa. As a member of the united states Army's second Auxiliary Surgical crew, he spent the following thirty-four months operating in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany, in shut proximity to front strains and sometimes lower than air or artillery bombardment. He used to be uncomfortable, struck by means of the sorrows of battle, and homesick for his spouse, for whom he stored designated diaries to ease his unrelenting loneliness.

In Battlefield Surgeon , Kennedy's son Christopher has edited his father's journals and supplied ancient context to supply a useful own chronicle. What emerges is a vibrant checklist of the reviews of a scientific officer within the eu theater of operations in international struggle II. Kennedy participated in the various fiercest motion of the battle, together with Operation Avalanche, the assault on Anzio, and Operation Dragoon. He additionally arrived in Rome the day after the Allied troops, and entered the Dachau focus camp days after it used to be liberated.

Despite the big good fortune of the preferred M*A*S*H franchise, there are nonetheless strangely few genuine debts of army medical professionals and scientific perform in the course of wartime. As a tender, green healthcare professional, Kennedy grappled with situations even more severe and complicated than he had ever confronted in civilian perform. that includes a foreword through Pulitzer Prize--winning global struggle II historian Rick Atkinson and an afterword by means of U.S. military clinical historian John T. Greenwood, this extraordinary firsthand account deals a necessary standpoint at the moment international War.

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