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Stretchers Not Available: The Wartime Story of Dr Jim Rickett
by John Rickett (Goodreads Author)
Jim Rickett was a family doctor in 1940. He was called up in 1943 and was working in Italy in early 1944 when he received an urgent posting to join the commandos. They were working with the SOE (Special Operations Executive) on the island of Vis. Occupation of the island gave control of the Adriatic and Hitler's European supply lines. His job was to set up a hospital to de ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Authorhouse UK
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First a little bit about how this book is structured. The majority of the writing is by Jim Rickett, covering his time as a doctor during the blitz and his time as a doctor on Vis (an island in the Adriatic) serving British commandos and Yugoslav Partisans. The author, John Rickett (son of Jim) fills in a few gaps, explains what was going on during WWII as a whole at the time, and summarizes some of the commando raids launched from Vis. John’s additions helped the flow of the book (although it s ...more
Jim Rickett was called up in 1943 and was working in Italy in when he received a posting to join the SOE (Special Operations Executive) on the island of Vis. His job was to set up a hospital to deal with the wounded who would be brought back from raids on the nearby islands under enemy occupation. There were no evacuation facilities. A German attack was imminent. He had to set up a makeshift hospital from scratch. The small unit became highly effective, provided some light-hearted moments, and b ...more
John Rickett dwells in the armpit of America, where he claws at the walls, escaping his suburban nightmare by performing woodworking ninjutsu, moonlighting as a word-sorcerer. Recently, his post-apocalyptic fairytale retelling, Three Brittle pigs was selected for The Molotov Cocktail's 2015 prize-winners anthology.More about John Rickett...