Stretchers Not Available by John Rickett
The Wartime Story of Dr Jim Rickett

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Together, Rickett’s commentary and his son’s light touch chronicle the intricacies of man’s wartime condition, at which official records and most battle accounts only hint.
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Jim Rickett kept a diary of his work as a family doctor during the blitz of 1940/41. His work as a surgeon at the local hospital in Emsworth was acceptable and routine at the time, but is now unthinkable by modern standards. His practice was near Portsmouth which was targeted in regular bombing raids. He tells a compelling story as the bombing intensified in 1941 putting the local area under intense stress.

He was called up into the Army and in 1944 he received an urgent posting to join the commandos, working with the SOE (Special Operations Executive) on the Adriatic island of Vis. The island was to be held at all costs against an expected imminent attack. He had to set up a hospital from scratch, to deal with the wounded brought back from raids. Supplies from base were unobtainable. Initially he had to operate with a kerosene lamp for light. Working with both commandos and partisans, they bartered and stole to get the unit operational. Later they scavenged wiring from a crashed Liberator and set up electricity using an old diesel generator. They were inundated with wounded casualties but managed to provide a highly effective team.

At this time Tito set up his HQ on Vis, which was the key to the Adriatic. Despite the great demands made on the unit, there were light hearted moments and it became a popular social centre. This first-hand account makes
fascinating reading.
 

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Published January 19, 2012 by AuthorHouse UK. 287 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Various on Jun 04 2013

Together, Rickett’s commentary and his son’s light touch chronicle the intricacies of man’s wartime condition, at which official records and most battle accounts only hint.

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Reviewed by Amy Edelman on May 22 2013

…paints a frank picture, simultaneously heartrending and exhilarating, of wartime suffering, logistical nightmares, determination, and courage.

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