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Brendan OCarroll, Published by Ngaio Press, Oct 2009. ISBN 9780958285544. Contains 208 pages. Price NZ$54.95 + postageFlags flying, bands playing, wonderful camaraderie and the anticipation of great adventure in places most would only have read or dreamt about were the anticipated attractions for many young men at the outset of the world wars, but the long grim reality was ugly, brutal and obscene. cAnyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.d This book is about first-aid trained stretcher bearers, the unsung heroes attached to the field ambulances who went into the action carrying only a stretcher, a bag of field dressings, scissors and simple medicines, and who saw equally to the needs of both friend and foe.With text, photographs, cartoons, diagrams and copies of telegrams, letters and documents, this book is a remarkable account of the horrors of war, while inspiring respect and admiration for the bearers who were at even greater risk of becoming casualties themselves.The illustrations are outstanding and an initial review of these encouraged a detailed read of the well written text with its information about the weapons and wounds of the Great War and World War II, frontline conditions, individual campaigns and battles, and diaries and letters home revealing the soldiers disillusionment with wars and their organisation.Khaki Angels will enlighten a wide range of readers, and for war historians, Brendan OCarroll has preserved an important record.John Morton Medical Advisor Resident Medical Officers Unit, Christchurch Hospital Christchurch

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John Morton, Medical Advisor, Resident Medical Officers Unit, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

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Brendan OCarroll, Published by Ngaio Press, Oct 2009. ISBN 9780958285544. Contains 208 pages. Price NZ$54.95 + postageFlags flying, bands playing, wonderful camaraderie and the anticipation of great adventure in places most would only have read or dreamt about were the anticipated attractions for many young men at the outset of the world wars, but the long grim reality was ugly, brutal and obscene. cAnyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.d This book is about first-aid trained stretcher bearers, the unsung heroes attached to the field ambulances who went into the action carrying only a stretcher, a bag of field dressings, scissors and simple medicines, and who saw equally to the needs of both friend and foe.With text, photographs, cartoons, diagrams and copies of telegrams, letters and documents, this book is a remarkable account of the horrors of war, while inspiring respect and admiration for the bearers who were at even greater risk of becoming casualties themselves.The illustrations are outstanding and an initial review of these encouraged a detailed read of the well written text with its information about the weapons and wounds of the Great War and World War II, frontline conditions, individual campaigns and battles, and diaries and letters home revealing the soldiers disillusionment with wars and their organisation.Khaki Angels will enlighten a wide range of readers, and for war historians, Brendan OCarroll has preserved an important record.John Morton Medical Advisor Resident Medical Officers Unit, Christchurch Hospital Christchurch

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

John Morton, Medical Advisor, Resident Medical Officers Unit, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

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Brendan OCarroll, Published by Ngaio Press, Oct 2009. ISBN 9780958285544. Contains 208 pages. Price NZ$54.95 + postageFlags flying, bands playing, wonderful camaraderie and the anticipation of great adventure in places most would only have read or dreamt about were the anticipated attractions for many young men at the outset of the world wars, but the long grim reality was ugly, brutal and obscene. cAnyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.d This book is about first-aid trained stretcher bearers, the unsung heroes attached to the field ambulances who went into the action carrying only a stretcher, a bag of field dressings, scissors and simple medicines, and who saw equally to the needs of both friend and foe.With text, photographs, cartoons, diagrams and copies of telegrams, letters and documents, this book is a remarkable account of the horrors of war, while inspiring respect and admiration for the bearers who were at even greater risk of becoming casualties themselves.The illustrations are outstanding and an initial review of these encouraged a detailed read of the well written text with its information about the weapons and wounds of the Great War and World War II, frontline conditions, individual campaigns and battles, and diaries and letters home revealing the soldiers disillusionment with wars and their organisation.Khaki Angels will enlighten a wide range of readers, and for war historians, Brendan OCarroll has preserved an important record.John Morton Medical Advisor Resident Medical Officers Unit, Christchurch Hospital Christchurch

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

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John Morton, Medical Advisor, Resident Medical Officers Unit, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch

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