Red and Green Life Machine: Diary of the Falklands Field Hospital by Rick JollyHe went on to practise and give lectures to medical establishments on his experiences. He became Medical Officer to 42 Commando RM , who were deployed in Belfast along with men of the 3rd Battalion , Parachute Regiment , with whom he built a strong friendship. The facilities at Ajax Bay were set up in an old refrigeration plant situated next to an ammunition dump, as those were the only roofed buildings available of any size fit for purpose. Therefore, due to its position, Brigadier Julian Thompson ordered they were to paint a Red Cross on the buildings to highlight the hospital due to the terms of the Geneva Convention. The conditions in the field hospital were poor and despite the dirt, poor lighting, air attacks and the presence of two unexploded bombs, only three of the British soldiers and marines wounded in action were to die of their wounds and none while under the care of Dr Jolly. Before visiting Argentina in , Jolly had sent ahead a list of Argentine casualties and asked the authorities there what had become of them. As a result, the Argentine Foreign Ministry discovered the truth about the battlefield medical care of their wounded by the British during the conflict and invited over 50 of them to a ceremony in Buenos Aires, where Dr Jolly was appointed as an Oficial Officer in the Order of May in recognition of his outstanding work in saving the lives of many wounded Argentine soldiers and airmen.
The red and green life machine a diary of the Falklands Field Hospital
Jolly doesn't betray any sentimentality or false feelings; he reconciles the horrible nature of war with his own desire to see the 'job' done, whether that be to save llife British or Argentine or help make sure the war is won through his actions and those of his unit. Local Book Search. Paul Murphy rated it it was amazing Sep 17, it see.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. What a story and fascinating reading for someone who played a very small part in the great and, untimately, successful Operation Corporate to evict the unwelcome occupiers from the Falkland Islands. Rick Jolly certainly paints a graphic picture of medicine in war and his love of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Fleet Air Arm certainly shines through. From the comfort of my London home now, and the relative comfort of my cabin on board a small Royal Navy ship then, it is hard to imagine the setting up of a surgical field hospital in a redundant meat factory from 22 May and the outstanding work its medics and supporting marines undertook so successfully. It is a tale not often told, a business certainly underestimated by one fortunate enough not to need much from naval surgeons in my career, and one that should be read by anyone interested in naval and military history.
If only they could grow old and meet first. Nuts though. Joining Started by Totalnewbie Today at Replies: 3. Forgotten password Use the form below to recover your username and password.The most moving passage for me was the account of The Red and Green Life Machine's management of the Sir Galahad which ends with the author stating, they were brave" about the walking wounded. Having served in one of the three hydrographic survey vessels converted to ambulance ships for the war - I was Supply Officer of HMS ,achine - I should have read this book years ago. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Bart Van es?
Another example of one man making a difference. Most popular. An admirable man. Amazon Kindle 0 editions.