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Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I

Narrated by: Kelly Birch
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The number of soldiers wounded in World War I is, in itself, devastating: over 21 million military wounded, and nearly 10 million killed. On the battlefield, the injuries were shocking, unlike anything those in the medical field had ever witnessed. The bullets hit fast and hard, went deep, and took bits of dirty uniform and airborne soil particles in with them. Soldier after soldier came in with the most dreaded kinds of casualty: awful, deep, ragged wounds to their heads, faces, and abdomens. And yet the medical personnel faced with these unimaginable injuries adapted with amazing aptitude, thinking and reacting on their feet to save millions of lives.

In Wounded, Emily Mayhew tells the history of the Western Front from a new perspective: the medical network that arose seemingly overnight to help sick and injured soldiers. These men and women pulled injured troops from the hellscape of trench, shell crater, and no man's land, transported them to the rear, and treated them for everything from foot rot to poison gas, venereal disease to traumatic amputation from exploding shells. Drawing on hundreds of letters and diary entries, Mayhew allows listeners to peer over the shoulder of the stretcher bearer who jumped into a trench and tried unsuccessfully to get a tightly packed line of soldiers out of the way, only to find that they were all dead. She takes us into dugouts where rescue teams awoke to dirt thrown on their faces by scores of terrified moles, digging frantically to escape the earth-shaking shellfire. Mayhew moves her account along the route followed by wounded men, from stretcher to aid station, from jolting ambulance to crowded operating tent, from railway station to the ship home, exploring actual cases of casualties who recorded their experiences. Both comprehensive and intimate, this groundbreaking book captures an often neglected aspect of the soldier's world and a transformative moment in military and medical history.

©2014 Emily Mayhew (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Simply Incredible

A beautifully written collection of stories of the incredible men and women that served and saved lives in the Western front during WWI. Strongly recommended read for all!

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A good read about the British Casualty System of WWI

A good look at what the wounded of WW1 had to endear and the people who were called on to treat them. Thank god that treatment of the wounded in battle have improved in leaps and bounds in recent years to what the WW1 soldier had to endure. Hats off to those who accepted the task of taking care of the wounded!! With the technology around the time of WW1 it had to be a hellish task!

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