Doctor for Friend & Foe : Britain's Frontline Medic in the Fight for the Falklands, Paperback Book

Doctor for Friend & Foe : Britain's Frontline Medic in the Fight for the Falklands Paperback

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Rick Jolly was the Senior Medical Officer in the Falklands, setting up and running the field hospital at Ajax Bay, where he and his Royal Marine and Parachute Regiment medical teams treated a total of 580 casualties, of which only 3 died of wounds.

The building itself was a derelict meat-packing factory, hastily converted to treat incoming wounded - both British and Argentine - even though two unexploded bombs lay at the back of the building.

Rick's diary of the campaign and its aftermath is a fast-paced and gripping account of war experience that covers the entire conflict from initial preparations and passage to the South Atlantic on the requisitioned liner Canberra to daily action reports, and observations and interaction with the key players of the conflict - Col.

H. Jones, Brian Hanrahan, Julian Thompson and Max Hastings.

Incredible human stories abound, as Rick, a trained commando, dangles from the rescue winch of a Sea King helicopter, saving lives on a daily basis.

Yet he also confronts death in a thoughtful, reflective and considered way, helping others to deal with the trauma of war.

Now revised and brought fully up to date, this book is a unique first-hand narrative of a conflict that inspired individual and collective heroism among British armed forces, inspiring great pride in 'our boys' by the public back at home, but which also provoked - and continues to provoke - fierce debate.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of other lands
  • ISBN: 9781844861545

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This was a diary of a senior medic in The Royal Marines who helped set up the "Red & Green Life Machine", a medical military aide post & operating facility in Ajax Bay in The Falklands. There isn't a lot of military or battlefield medicine here, & indeed the author uses the opportunity to name drop various military personalities. There was also a sense of aggrandisement as well. It didn't sit comfortably with me. Interesting but not brilliant

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A splendid account of battlefield surgery during the Falklands War in 1982. Somewhat short on the wider picture of the conflict, the author manages to drag the reader into stories of appalling conditions, individual eccentricities, and unsung heroes amidst the gruelling truth of war.

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