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Rush to Danger

Medics in the Line of Fire

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In 1964, noted military historian Ted Barris asked his father, Alex, “What did you do in the war?” What the US Army medic told his son he’d experienced in World War II is the thrust of Barris’s latest literary journey—retracing his father’s wartime service from the training camps of Kansas in 1943 to the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest operation American GIs faced, in 1944—45. But Rush to Danger draws equally from the voices of military medical personnel Barris assembled through decades of research and interviewing. In this unique front-line recounting of the stories of stretcher bearers, medical corpsmen, nurses, surgeons, orderlies, dentists and ambulance drivers, Barris explores the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, Batoche, the Ypres Salient, the Somme, Vimy, Singapore, Dieppe, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. What’s more, Barris’s sources reveal—like never before—why the men and women who wear the red cross on their helmets and sleeves don’t flee to safety, but choose instead to rush to danger.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443447942
  • ISBN 10: 1443447943
  • Imprint: Patrick Crean Editions
  • On Sale: 09/05/2017
  • List Price: 17.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / Military / World War II
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC3: HISTORY / Military / General

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