Since my next class isn't starting for another 22 days, I have been doing some reading (Besides Harry Potter)!
Anyway, I am reading a book Quiet Heroines - WWII Nurses! WOW. This book gives a good picture of what the British nurses endured and saw in WWII. I knew that the Germans (not all the people of Germany) did horrible things to people, mostly Jews, But I did not know how barbaric the Japanese Army was to nurses, doctors and patients, not to mention women & children.
There are soooo many stories of nurses being ship-wrecked, imprisoned, torchered (sp?) and killed. Some helplessly watched as the Japanese army came into the hospitals of Singapore & Hong Kong (which were runned by the British and Aussies) and saw their patients butchered and killed by bayonnets & then they were killed. But, I noticed they had respect of their patients and the doctors. And in some cases, while the doctors left, the nurses stayed behind to take care of their patients and was left to their fate when they were invaded. They kind of carnage they saw, I never want to see.
Honestly, I wouln't be good enough to be their assistants. Can you tell I am in AWE
These women have my upmost respect & admiration. They were strong, brave, compassionate, kind, hard-working w/out complaining and nobel. I would love to have just one of their qualities. What role models.
If anyone gets a chance to read this book, they will not be sorry. I just wanted to share.
May 3, '03
Ok, here are some old movies about WWII nurses, but they are not all historically accurate:
Cry Havoc 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - An ensemble movie about Army women living in underground barracks on Bataan (although there were no subterranean quarters)
Since you went away 1944 (a view from the people left at home)
They were expendable 1945 With Donna Reed, about an army nurse on Corregidor in love with the commander of a PT boat
So proudly we hail 1943 The movies intent was to tell the story of the battle for the Philipines through the eyes of the nurses who served there, but according to Ms. Norman, was reflective of reigning (US) cultural views and reverted to cliches and stereotypes.
I got the info from pages 124-126 of "We band of angels" by Elizabeth Norman.
Last edit by CountrifiedRN on May 3, '03