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War & the Southwest #04: 56th Evac. Hospital: Letters of a WWII Army Doctor

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"I see no way that we junior officers will ever be prepared for any major surgery....I've a premonition that in time it is inevitable. We'll have to perform major surgery on our own, ready or not". Thus wrote Dr. L. D. Collins at the beginning of his tour of duty with the 56th Evacuation Hospital (a mobile tent hospital similar to the M*A*S*H units of Korean War fame), largely staffed by men and women who trained at the Baylor University College of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. Collins chronicles the experiences of the "Baylor Unit", from its training in Texas, through the relatively uncomplicated months in Morocco and Bizerte, to its service in Italy at Paestum, Dragoni, and worst of all, the desperate "Hell's Half Acre" of Anzio Beach. Because of frequent shelling of the hospitals, patients were known to go AWOL to the front, where it was considered safer. During the Anzio campaign, 92 medical personnel were killed in action, 387 were wounded, 19 captured and 60 more missing in action.

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Collins' letters home to his wife and his mother chronicle his training and tour of duty with a mobile tent hospital in WWII. The 56th Evacuation Hospital treated the sick and wounded in North Africa, Italy, and the lethal Anzio Beach, where 92 medical personnel were killed and 60 were missing in action. Contains b&w photos.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780929398839
Other:
Collins, Lawrence D.
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Introduction by:
D'Este, Carlo W.
Introduction:
D'Este, Carlo W.
Author:
Collins, Lawrence D.
Author:
D'Este, Carlo W.
Location:
Denton, Tex. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Hospitals
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
War -- personal narratives.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
United States Biography.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
War & the Southwest
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
19950531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus. Map.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.46 lb

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