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FOB DOC: A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN AFGHANISTAN~A WAR DIARY, by Captain Ray Wiss, MD

Tod Strickland
Tod Strickland
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The military memoir is among the oldest of historical genres; each new conflict seems to bring with it a crop of new authors who decide to share their experiences, feelings, and fears with the broader public. Although many are undoubtedly familiar with British and American examples, such as Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer,1 or Charles B. MacDonald’s classic Company Commander,2 Canadian authors have also put pen to paper, and examples abound. The First World War gave us James H.Pedley’s Only This,3 recounting the life of an infantry subaltern, while the Second World War produced Richard Malone writing of life as a staff officer in A Portrait of War 1939-19434 to name but two. Other readers will no doubt be able to cite many different titles and favourites from almost every war, conflict, or skirmish that has involved Canadian warriors.

The genre forms an important element in military writing for two distinct reasons. First, it generally steers the reader away from dry academic history, and ‘fills in the holes’ found in many historical monographs, providing details of day-to-day life and experience that are often glossed over by the ‘serious’ historian. Where else but in a memoir would one find descriptions of what it felt and smelt like to be on the Western Front, or to take over a platoon after its commander had been killed in the assault on Vimy Ridge? The second reason, admittedly closely related to the first, is that it makes history both personal and accessible. It allows the reader to be immersed in the action, to see the faces of the men on the landing craft, to get a sense of the boredom interspersed with terror, which appears to be a constant of operational military service, no matter the era, and to breathe a sigh of relief when the last patrol is finished.

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FOB DOC: A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN AFGHANISTAN~A WAR DIARY, by Captain Ray Wiss, MD

Date Deposited : 08 Apr 2015 10:48

Last Modified : 08 Apr 2015 10:48

Official URL: http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/arc/index-eng.asp

Volume 11, Number 1, - 2011

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