Medicine and Duty: The World War I Memoir of Captain Harold W. McGill, Medical Officer, 31st Battalion, C.E.F.

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University of Calgary Press, 2007 - 379 Seiten
"Medicine and Duty" is the World War I memoir of Harold McGill, a medical officer in the 31st Alberta Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, that was originally compiled and written by McGill in the 1930s. Anticipating that his memoir would be published by Macmillan of Canada in 1935, McGill instead was met with disappointment when the publishing house, forced by financial constraints, was unable to see the project to its final conclusion. Decades later, Editor Marjorie Norris came upon a draft of the manuscript in the Glenbow Museum Archives, and utterly compelled by what she found, took it upon herself to resurrect McGill's story. Performing an exhaustive edit of the original manuscript, Norris has also included a wealth of information adding detailed explanatory notes and topographical maps, as well as excerpts of letters Captain McGill sent home to friends and family. These letters are literally written "from the trenches" and lend an unsettling atmosphere and stark realism to the original memoir. Wartime accounts written by medical officers are quite rare, and often more than other regular officers, the MO's position in the battalion provides a unique perspective on the day-to-day lives of soldiers under his command. Norris's painstaking archival research and careful editing skills have brought back to light a gripping first-hand account of the 31st Battalion and, on a larger scale, of Canada's participation in World War I, making this book of great interest not only to military historians, but also to any Canadian compelled by the incredible sacrifice of soldiers during wartime.
 

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This is the WWI memoirs of Capt. H. W. McGill, MD of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He joined the 31st Battalion, CEF at its formation. He shipped out with the unit during the initial deployment to ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

I The Threat of War
3
II The Outbreak of War
7
III Mobilization
15
IV Life in Barracks
27
V The Move to England
43
VI Training in England
59
VII The Move to France
73
VIII Baptism of Fire
85
XVI The Battle of the Somme
203
XVII The Battle of the Somme contd
219
XVIII After the Battle
231
XIX The Souchez Sector
239
XX Out of the Line
249
XXI The Storming of Vimy Ridge
261
XXII Beyond the Ridge
277
XXIII Summer Holidays
295

IX Our Enemy the Mud
109
X The Dawn of a New Year
129
XI The Battle of St Eloi
149
XII The Coming of General Byng
169
XIII The Battle of Sanctuary Wood
175
XIV The Summer in Belgium
185
XV The Journey to the Somme
195
XXIV The Lens Sector
309
Epilogue
329
31st Battalion Casualties to November 11 1918
347
Index
369
Legacies Shared Series
381
Back Cover
385
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Über den Autor (2007)

Marjorie Barron Norris is a writer and historian who lives in Calgary. She has previously written about the history of nursing in World War I and on the history of the Calgary Local Council of Women.

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