U.S. Army Ambulances & Medical Vehicles in World War II, by Didier Andres (ISBN: 978-1612008653, Casemate Publishers, 908 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083, 610.853.9131; www.casemategroup.com. Hardcover, 144 pages, 250 illustrations, 2020, $37.95).
Of all the armies involved in World War II, the U.S. Army developed the most sophisticated system for the transport and treatment of injured and sick soldiers, pushing the boundaries of available technology to give their men the best chance of not only survival but a full recovery.
This fully illustrated, comprehensive book covers all types of medical vehicles used both in-theater and in the United States, including ambulances and technical support vehicles in chapters that examine metropolitan ambulances, field litter carriers (including Weasels and half-tracks), frontline ambulances, medic jeeps, rescue team vehicles, and medical trucks.
The book details vehicle markings and examines modifications for use in the evacuation of troops from the battlefield. In addition, it looks at other uses for which these vehicles were adapted during the war — including the use as “clubmobiles” and “chuck wagons” by the American Red Cross.
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