World War II Front Line Nurse

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In late 1942, along with so many others who signed up to support the war effort, thirty-year-old Mildred Radawiec left a comfortable position as a nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital and postponed her marriage to a soon-to-be doctor to volunteer as a surgical nurse in the major battle theaters of the war. Radawiec was one of thirty volunteers from the hospital surgical staff that comprised the University of Michigan Unit, the 298th General Hospital, as the ...

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Overview

In late 1942, along with so many others who signed up to support the war effort, thirty-year-old Mildred Radawiec left a comfortable position as a nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital and postponed her marriage to a soon-to-be doctor to volunteer as a surgical nurse in the major battle theaters of the war. Radawiec was one of thirty volunteers from the hospital surgical staff that comprised the University of Michigan Unit, the 298th General Hospital, as the University of Michigan Hospital was called.

Radawiec's first-person history recounts her wartime experience with sharp detail and grace and sets the stage for a you-are-there experience---from the thrill of signing up and shipping out; to the harrowing ocean crossing and the arduous trip through the Sahara; to dangerous air raids and moving at a moment's notice, often at night with the lights off to avoid attacks. Radawiec was near Omaha Beach in France soon after D-Day, June 6, 1944, and details stories of marathon stints assisting the injured on the front lines as they poured in by the hundreds. Radawiec also traveled to Belgium and Germany and set up in the area near Aachen in the fall of 1944. In Germany she experienced Buzz Bombs---pilotless flying bombs---and even witnessed the death of a fellow nurse in a bombing attack in which medics brought in wounded soldiers by the truckload. Radawiec also leavens her story with uplifting tales of heroism and courage and intersperses the narrative with poignant letters from her family and fiancĂ©.

This stirring personal account of war will mesmerize anyone interested in World War II history and women's too-often-overlooked role in it.

Mildred A. MacGregor is ex. Lieutenant Mildred A. Radawiec, Army Nurse Corp. She was part of the Third Auxiliary Surgical Group in World War II and was stationed in England, North Africa, France, and Germany. She is 95 and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472033317
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 452,985
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: In The Beginning 9

Chapter 1 The Troopship Queen Mary 15

The Third Auxiliary Surgical Group 17

Chapter 2 England 34

Oxford 35

Chapter 3 The Troopship Windsor Castle 64

Chapter 4 Africa 75

Oran 75

Third Auxiliary Surgical Teams Move to the Front 84

The Atlas Mountains 94

Constantine 99

The Axis Surrenders Africa 124

The Air Force Arrives 139

The Sahara 153

The Flying Fortresses (B-17 Bombers) 156

Ploesti Oil Fields Bombed 195

Farewell To Ain M'lila 195

The Company Dog 219

Chapter 5 Return To England 225

Operation Tiger: D-Day Rehearsal 229

Romance Problems 236

Bewdley 240

Chapter 6 Invasion of France 242

The Invasion 251

Empire Lance LCI 257

Omaha Beach - D-Day plus 16 257

The Bombing of St. Lo 270

General Patton's Third Army Arrives in France 277

Bartering 283

Enemy Parachutes 284

A Bath Tub 285

Ernie Pyle 289

Paris 293

Chapter 7 Belgium 297

Chapter 8 Germany 306

A Surprise 307

Huertgen Forest 320

Court Martial 335

The Ardennes Counterattack 340

Voices of Other Nurses 361

Prisoners 370

General Patton Attacks Prison Camp 384

Dresden 390

Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany 394

Buchenwald Concentration Camp 398

Torgau, on the Elbe River 411

Chapter 9 The Riviera and R&R 414

Chapter 10 Germany Surrenders 428

A Pleasant Surprise 428

Berchtesgaden 437

Chapter 11 Return to France-and Home 442

The Port of Embarkation 444

Epilogue 449

Acknowledgements 451

Statistics 453

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