Doctor Danger Forward: A World War II Memoir of a Combat Medical Aidman, First Infantry Division

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About the Book As a combat medical aidman of Company B, 1st Medical Battalion, First Infantry Division, Allen N. Towne experienced some of the pivotal events of World War II. ... "Doctor B," as his unit was known, was attached to the 18th Regimental Combat Team and moved with them, providing continuous close medical support. Covering both little-known engagements, and such historic moments as the campaign in Sicily and the D Day landings at Omaha Beach, this book is both a memoir and a history of one of the war’s most impressive units. The text is based on both official "morning reports" and the author’s personal notes, providing accuracy as well as human insight. In Doctor Danger Forward ("danger forward" was the code name of the First Division headquarters), Towne, who received the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster for his heroism at Omaha Beach and Normandy, chronicles events both epic and intimate, profoundly serious as well as humorous. There are numerous maps and photographs, including many taken by the author. Read more Show Less

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About the Book As a combat medical aidman of Company B, 1st Medical Battalion, First Infantry Division, Allen N. Towne experienced some of the pivotal events of World War II. ... "Doctor B," as his unit was known, was attached to the 18th Regimental Combat Team and moved with them, providing continuous close medical support. Covering both little-known engagements, and such historic moments as the campaign in Sicily and the D Day landings at Omaha Beach, this book is both a memoir and a history of one of the war’s most impressive units. The text is based on both official "morning reports" and the author’s personal notes, providing accuracy as well as human insight. In Doctor Danger Forward ("danger forward" was the code name of the First Division headquarters), Towne, who received the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster for his heroism at Omaha Beach and Normandy, chronicles events both epic and intimate, profoundly serious as well as humorous. There are numerous maps and photographs, including many taken by the author. Read more Show Less

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As a combat medical aidman of Company B, 1st Medical Battalion, First Infantry Division, Allen N. Towne experienced some of the pivotal events of World War II. "Doctor B," as his unit was known, was attached to the 18th Regimental Combat Team and moved with them, providing continuous close medical support. Covering both little-known engagements, and such historic moments as the campaign in Sicily and the D Day landings at Omaha Beach, this book is both a memoir and a history of one of the war's most impressive units. The text is based on both official "morning reports" and the author's personal notes, providing accuracy as well as human insight. In Doctor Danger Forward ("danger forward" was the code name of the First Division headquarters), Towne, who received the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster for his heroism at Omaha Beach and Normandy, chronicles events both epic and intimate, profoundly serious as well as humorous. There are numerous maps and photographs, including many taken by the author.

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Bridgehead Sentinel
a memoir of his service as a combat medic with the Big Red One in WWII. This excellent memoir provides much detail about World War II from a perspective not usually found in combat accounts. Thanks to...Allen Towne for [his] contribution to the great story of the Big Red One
Medal of Honor Recipient, First Infantry Division - Walter D. Ehlers
"Very revealing...a treasure."
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A WWII medic recounts his experiences providing the 18th Regimental Combat Team with close medical support, from little-known engagements to his group's D-Day landing at Omaha Beach, based on his memories, his journal entries, and the accounts of his compatriots. Includes abundant b&w maps and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786406616
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A retired engineer and businessman Allen N. Towne has received three U.S. patents, authored many technical papers, and taught at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Troubled Times 3
2 Pearl Harbor 6
3 Maneuvers in Scotland 12
4 The First Battle 16
5 With the British Army 27
6 Kasserine 36
7 El Guettar 42
8 Victory in North Africa 52
9 Sicily 61
10 Sicilian Interlude 79
11 Back in England 85
12 Omaha Beach 96
13 Breakout 116
14 Race Through France and Belgium 126
15 Aachen 137
16 Bloody Hurtgen 145
17 Battle of the Bulge 153
18 Crossing the Rhine 161
19 Ruhr Pocket 166
20 To the Elbe 171
21 The Last Battle 176
22 European War Over 180
23 Reflections 190
Index 193
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