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Author Monahan, Evelyn.

Title And if I perish : frontline U.S. Army nurses in World War II / by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee.

Imprint New York : Knopf, 2003.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Non-Fiction  940.54 M735    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description x, 514 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 493-500) and index.
Summary A galvanizing narrative of the wartime role played by U.S. Army nursesb7sfrom the invasion of North Africa to the bloody Italian campaign to the decisive battles in France and the Rhineland. More than 59,000 nurses volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps alone: 217 lost their lives (16 by enemy action), and more than 1,600 were decorated for meritorious service and bravery under fire. But their stories have rarely been heard. Now, drawing on never-before-published eyewitness accountsb7smany heroic, some mundane and comicb7sMonahan and Neidel-Greenlee take us to the front lines, to the withering fire on the beaches of Anzio and Normandy, and to the field and evacuation hospitals, as well as bombed and burned hospital ships. We witness the nursesb7sand the doctors with whom they servedb7scoping with the physical and psychological damage done to the soldiers in combat. We see them workingb7soften with only meager supplies and overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualtiesb7sto save the lives and limbs of thousands of wounded troops. With them we experience the almost constant packing up and moving on to keep up with advancing troops, foxholes dug under camp beds, endless mud, and treacherous minefields. The vividness and immediacy of their recollections provide us with a powerfully visceral, deeply affecting sense of their experiencesb7sterrifying and triumphant, exhausting and exhilarating.A revelatory work that at last gives voice to the nurses who played such an essential role in World War II.
Subject United States. Army Nurse Corps -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Army Nurse Corps.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care -- United States.
Military nursing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military nursing -- history -- United States.
History, 20th Century -- United States.
Nurses -- United States.
War -- United States.
Added Author Neidel-Greenlee, Rosemary, 1941-
ISBN 0375415149
Standard No. NLM 101199570

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