From the Roer to the Elbe With the 1st Medical Group: Medical Support of the Deliberate River Crossing

From the Roer to the Elbe With the 1st Medical Group: Medical Support of the Deliberate River Crossing

by Donald Hall
     
 

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Casualties are an inevitable consequence of battle, and they are commonly
listed at the end of historical accounts as figures for dead and wounded. The
assumption, on reading these numbers, is that the dead were at some point,
during or after the battle, collected and the wounded treated. Rarely do battle
analysts devote more than passing attention to

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Casualties are an inevitable consequence of battle, and they are commonly
listed at the end of historical accounts as figures for dead and wounded. The
assumption, on reading these numbers, is that the dead were at some point,
during or after the battle, collected and the wounded treated. Rarely do battle
analysts devote more than passing attention to the medical support provided
these combatants.
Captain Donald E. Hall, in his special study on the 1st Medical Group in
World War II, reminds us that procedures for treating the wounded have evolved
considerably since those days when death or amputation seemed the foregone
alternatives for a serious wound to an appendage. By World War II, medical
support provided by the U.S. Army in combat had modified extensively and
employed multiple echelons of health care. Advances in medicine, medical
science, and medical treatment also had improved the care of soldiers wounded
under the dangerous and unpredictble conditions of the modern battlefield.
Captain Hall describes for us the difficulties confronted in river-crossing
operations, where the removal and flow of casualties runs counter to the general
flow of traffic to the front. Hall's study is timely and properly emphasizes the
necessity for including medical support in meaningful battle analyses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148850069
Publisher:
ReadCycle
Publication date:
12/06/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
7 MB

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