A British Army Nurse in the Korean War: Shadows of the Far Forgotten
Jilly McNair saw 18 months active service as a Queen Alexandra's nurse in Japan and Korea during the Korean War. During her time as a nurse in the conflict she wrote a large number of letters home to her parents, letters now held by the Imperial War Museum. This is her account of that extraordinary time, based on her letters.
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Acknowledgements and Author s Note
Slow Boat to Kure via Pusan
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