A Surgeon in Khaki: Through France and Flanders in World War I

A Surgeon in Khaki: Through France and Flanders in World War I


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Considered by critics to be an accurate portrayal of frontline medical conditions, A Surgeon in Khaki is New Zealand surgeon Arthur Anderson Martin’s account of his experiences in 1914, early in World War I. Already a well-respected and widely traveled surgeon when war broke out, Martin joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. Under Field Marshal Sir John French, he served at Le Havre, Harfleur, and at the battle of the Marne. He marched to Aisne, to the new lines behind La Bassée, and finally to Flanders. During his entire service, he advocated immediate specialist surgery for the direst wounds, even under fire.

In this engaging narrative, the reader experiences the daily life of war through the eyes of the medical officers who tried valiantly to help the wounded and ill on the front lines of World War I. Martin provides colorful descriptions of the soldiers and officers, harrowing details of the battles, and riveting accounts of the difficulty of treating men in a war zone. A better firsthand account of medicine during World War I is not to be found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803234925
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Arthur Anderson Martin (1876–1916) served in France and Belgium during World War I. Wounded at Flers during the Somme battle on September 17, 1916, Martin died in the base hospital that same night. Glyn Harper (Lt. Col., retired) is a professor of war studies at Massey University in New Zealand and was the commanding officer of the Military Studies Institute from 1996 to 2000. He is the author of seventeen books, most recently Images of World War One: A Photographic Record of New Zealanders at War, 1914–1918.

Table of Contents

Chapter I From Peace to War 1

Chapter II Le Havre and Harfleur 15

Chapter III From Le Havre to the Bay of Biscay 25

Chapter IV From the Bay of Biscay to East of Paris 35

Chapter V The Advance to the Marne 44

Chapter VI What I Saw of the Battle of the Marne 53

Chapter VII The Night of the Marne 59

Chapter VIII From the Marne to the Aisne 65

Chapter IX The Aisne and the Tragedy of the Sunken Road 84

Chapter X Missy on the Aisne 90

Chapter XI On the Aisne at Mont De Soissons 103

Chapter XII Field Ambulances and Military Hospitals 124

Chapter XIII Good-Bye to the Aisne 141

Chapter XIV The La Bassée Road at Château Gorre 164

Chapter XV Bethune 171

Chapter XVI Some Medical Odds and Ends 202

Chapter XVII We Leave Bethune 221

Chapter XVIII Over the Belgian Frontier 231

Chapter XIX We Leave Belgium 265

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