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Lt. Gen. George S. Patton remarked that the "45th Infantry Division is one of the best, if not the best division that the American army has ever produced." Such praise, however, came at a steep price, for the 45th saw some of the fiercest fighting in the European campaign-from Sicily to Anzio and from southern France to Germany-and racked up one of the highest casualty rates. Through it all, medic Robert "Doc Joe" Franklin-drafted in 1942 and thrust into combat with no specific training or knowledge for treating war wounds-soldiered on, fighting as hard to keep his men alive as the enemy fought to kill them. The story of his career as a frontline medic, one of the first memoirs written by an aid-man, is told here with simplicity, unflinching honesty, and grit. Studded with memorable vignettes-of a friend who "smells" the Germans long before they appear, the dog that acts as an artillery spotter, the lieutenant who can't see beyond a few hundred feet-Franklin's memoir documents the almost unbearable drama of ground gained and lives lost, as well as the terrible human toll of battle on himself, his comrades, and civilians quite literally caught in the crossfire. A rare look at the fight for lives laid on the line, Medic! brings to life the reality of war.
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List of IllustrationsForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Invasion of Sicily: July 19432. The Battle of Bloody Ridge: July 28 to 30, 19433. The Invasion of Italy: September 19434. Winter Line: September to November 19435. Anzio to Rome: February to June 19446. The Invasion of Southern France: August 19447. Rambervillers, France, to Aschaffenburg, Germany: September 1944 to March 19458. Aschaffenburg, Germany: April 19459. AfterthoughtsIndex

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Memoir of American, Jewish military doctor fighting on the frontlines and caring for the injured in WWII

About the Author

Robert "Doc Joe" Franklin served as a medic with the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Division during the invasion of Europe in World War II. Flint Whitlock, author of The Rock of Anzio: From Sicily to Dachau, A History of the 45th Infantry Division, is a former army officer and Vietnam veteran.


"[Franklin's] vignettes will help the reader understand what being in war is all about-the laughs, the pain, the sorrow, and most important, the pride of having served."-Military Heritage * Military Heritage * "For anyone who has ever wondered what combat was really like, this astonishing little book is about as close as one can come without getting the mud and blood all over them. . . . This book is a searing, devastating look at combat, heroism, and stupidity. It pulls no punches. . . . It will undoubtedly rank with the classics of military literature as one of the finest, most heart-breaking, most brutally honest books ever written about men in war. . . . An absolute 'must-read.'"-WWII History * WWII History * "Seeing the war through the eyes of a medic, feeling the frustrations, the fear, the helplessness, and the triumphs first-hand, the reader understands what it means to fight to save the lives of soldiers. . . . A valuable addition to any biographical or historical collection."-Sara Marcus, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter -- Sara Marcus * AJL Newsletter * "This brief memoir is a powerful dose of upfront combat."-Army Magazine -- Kevin M. Hymel * Army Magazine * "The spare and terse prose is vividly evocative . . . I have never read a better description of the mission and the work of a platoon medic in combat."-Robert J. T. Joy, Journal of Military History -- Robert J. T. Joy * Journal of Military History * "[T]his account of Franklin's experiences during WWII brings combat to life. . . . His descriptions of horrific casualties and deaths of both Americans and Germans are vivid, and so are the more human moments."-Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *

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