While others dived for cover, the bravest of the
brave went in.
Brendan O’Carroll’s new book pays tribute to
the courageous ‘Khaki Angels’: stretcher-bearers and other Kiwi
frontline medical people who put others before self in two world
wars, serving in Gallipoli, Europe, North Africa, Greece, Italy and
Khaki Angels also looks at general wartime medical matters: field
organisation, what caused death and injuries, what the injuries were
like and how they were treated.
... and we meet some heroes.
"The courage needed to go into battle
cannot be understated, but to walk around the battlefield armed only
with a stretcher and dressings takes a whole different
mindset...This book graphically describes how they struggled in the
different environments that the wars were fought in." Major Lee
Turner, a registered nurse specialising in trauma medicine and
author of a book on dealing with trauma injuries, in Army News.
"Brendan O'Carroll has succeeded in
conveying to the reader a stark picture of the great handicaps and
continual danger which stretcher-bearers faced as they sallied forth
with tremendous courage to tend troops suffering minor or horribly
major wounds. Included, too, are riveting personal accounts by
stretcher-bearers themselves of their daily perilous duties as they
ventured unarmed into the thick of battle. A diverse selection of
photographs and illustrations adds greatly to the value of this
book." Clark Isaacs, Otago Daily Times.
"This beautifully presented book is a
hymn to New Zealand's unsung heroes of the two world wars." Your
"A story beautifully told." Jim
Sullivan, Sounds Historical