And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 528 pages
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In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, some of them had so little idea of what to expect that they packed party dresses; but the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through the water in the historic landings on North African and Normandy beaches, or worked around the clock in hospital tents on the Italian front as bombs fell all around them.

For more than half a century these women’s experiences remained untold, almost without reference in books, historical societies, or military archives. After years of reasearch and hundreds of hours of interviews, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have created a dramatic narrative that at last brings to light the critical role that women played throughout the war. From the North African and Italian Campaigns to the Liberation of France and the Conquest of Germany, U.S. Army nurses rose to the demands of war on the frontlines with grit, humor, and great heroism. A long overdue work of history, And If I Perish is also a powerful tribute to these women and their inspiring legacy.


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Contents

Prologue
8
Operation TorchU S Army Nurses in the Invasion
25
Nurses at the Battle of Kasserine Pass In It
56
The Allied Push to Bizerte and Tunis Perfecting
88
Staging for Italy Needed 50000 Army NLllSS
120
Nurses in the Sicilian Campaign Tough Enough
149
The Sinking of HMHS Nenjfiirlildarr11 Army
173
From Salerno to the Gtlstav Line
198
The Invasion of Normandy Army Nurses
319
Operation Dragoon and the Battle of
350
Confronting the Siegfried Line Medicine Under
373
The Battle of the Bulge Army Nurses Meet
405
Battle of the Rhineland Army Nurses Perseveie
427
The Surrender of Germany Army Nurses
442
Forgetting and Remembering
458
Nam
471

Hells HalfrcreThe Anzio Beachhead
238
Stalemate at Anzio Beachhead and Monte Cassino
276
Breakout and Pursuit The US Army Enters
303

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About the author (2007)

Evelyn M. Monahan, a retired psychologist, served in the Women's Army Corps from 1961 until 1967 as a corpsman and psychiatric technician. She subsequently took her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Georgia State University and her M.Div. in theology and ethics at Emory University. She worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1980 to 1996.

Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps on active duty from 1962 until 1965, and on reserve duty between 1989 and 1991. She has a master's degree in nursing from Emory University, and worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta from 1981 to 2002.

Monahan and Neidel-Greenlee are co-authors (with Agnes Jensen Mangerich) of Albanian Escape: The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines and co-authors of All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese.


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