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February 24, 1951

Front Line Surgeons: A History of the Third Auxiliary Surgical Group

JAMA. 1951;145(8):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920260071029

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Abstract

Few of the unit histories of World War II evidence the thoughtful and painstaking preparations that have obviously gone into the history of this group. Well documented by maps, it shows an awareness of the part played by this unit in the over-all strategic picture that is rare in histories of this type. It is also an extremely valuable study of the evolution of the purpose and functions of the auxiliary surgical teams and of the field hospitals that played such valuable supporting roles in the European theater of operation. Half of this group was sent from England to Africa, where it participated in the African and Sicilian campaigns before rejoining the remainder of the unit in England. It was here, in Africa, that the full usefulness of the mobile surgical teams was first demonstrated. Members of the Third Auxiliary Surgical Group landed on the beaches and parachuted into Normandy

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