Blood and Bandages is a first-hand account of how a Royal Army Medical Corps Field Ambulance operated during the Second World War.
The book features the memoirs of Private William Earl, a British nursing orderly, who served in the 214th Field Ambulance. His compelling testimony is expertly interwoven with war diaries to give a rare insight into the role played by field ambulances on the frontlines in North Africa and Italy.
Yet, Blood and Bandages is not simply a unique military history. It is a love story about William and Mary. Their romance is traced through the pages from William’s joyful pre-war poems to weary letters from the front. Letters like that in which William reveals, ‘I am getting so tired of it all yet I do carry on somehow knowing that the day will come when I shall return home to you…it is all I am living for.’