I read a book last week called Combat Medic World War II by John Kerner, M.D. I had seen this book recommended by a couple of people on FaceBook and it caught my attention a couple of times when I was looking for books at Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago. Finally I checked it out thinking it was something I should read. Ever get that feeling when a book keeps popping up? It almost screams READ ME!
The book was excellent. I admit to having gotten lost in it for several hours over two days while I read. John transported me to the battlefields of World War II and spoke of love, fighting, death, survival, the human spirit, and the ability of humans to care for each other.
I do not have any combat medics in my family (to my knowledge.) My family in World War II served in the Navy (Armed Guard), Army (Ordnance and infantry and engineers.) This book gave me an overview of what the war was like from the point of view of a man who was trying to save lives. I gained a better understanding of the type of wounds received, the type of care given, and what I assume is true no matter what job you held – the enormous difference between how you were trained versus what real war was like.
This book really opened my eyes to life in combat and I suggest it to anyone studying the WWII soldiers in their families. Open your mind to a new perspective. You will not be disappointed.
Have you read any good WWII books? I’d love some suggestions for my 2014 reading list.
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