We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese / Edition 1

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese / Edition 1

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by Elizabeth M. Norman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0671787187

ISBN-13: 2900671787188

Pub. Date: 05/01/2000

Publisher: Atria Books

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and evenings of dinner and dancing under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs rained on American bases in Luzon, and the women's paradise became a fiery hell. Caught…  See more details below

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In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and evenings of dinner and dancing under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs rained on American bases in Luzon, and the women's paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they saw the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel.

But the worst was yet to come. As Bataan and Corregidor fell, a few nurses escaped, but most were herded into internment camps enduring three years of fear and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals they clearly deserved. Here, in letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a compelling saga of women in war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900671787188
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Mapsxvii
1.Waking Up to War3
2.Manila Cannot Hold16
3.Jungle Hospital #130
4.The Sick, the Wounded, the Work of War39
5.Waiting for the Help That Never Came50
6."There Must Be No Thought of Surrender"67
7.Bataan Falls: The Wounded Are Left in Their Beds83
8.Corregidor--the Last Stand96
9.A Handful Go Home112
10.In Enemy Hands130
11.Santo Tomas142
12.STIC, the First Year, 1942158
13.Los Banos, 1943169
14.Eating Weeds Fried in Cold Cream, 1944183
15.And the Gates Came Crashing Down201
16."Home. We're Really Home."219
17.Aftermath233
18.Across the Years243
Afterword261
Epilogue266
Acknowledgments269
Appendix IChronology of Military Nurses in the Philippine Islands, 1940-1945273
Appendix IIThe Nurses and Their Hometowns279
Bibliography283
Endnotes293
Index319

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