the surgical experience of italy.
ROSS, James Alexander. Memoirs of an Army Surgeon. With a Foreword by Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Hood. Edinburgh, William Blackwood, 1948.
Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, map endpapers, pp. x, 354; boards a minimally marked, ownership inscription to half-title; a very good copy.
Very rare first edition, the issue in the superior binding. The Scottish surgeon James Alan Ross (1911-1997) 'was involved in looking after casualties from the Dunkirk evacuation before being posted to Egypt, and he was not to see his wife, Catherine Elizabeth Curtis (1912/13–1988), an army nursing sister, whom he married on 27 September 1940, for over three years. He participated in the north African campaign as well as in the allied invasions of Sicily and Italy. Early in 1944 he was posted to the number 15 casualty clearing station with which he landed on the Anzio beachhead. It was for his surgical services to the wounded during four weeks of very fierce fighting that he was appointed MBE (mil.). He kept a meticulous diary of his military career and this was published in 1948 as Memoirs of an Army Surgeon. - The majority of this diary is on the long Italian campaign.