Blood and Bandages gives us an insight into the life of William Earl when he was enrolled into the Royal Army Medical Corps, He was a Nursing Orderly with the 214th Field Ambulance Unit. Born in May 1915, he was training as a chemistís assistant when he was called up to join the RAMC in 1940. William saw action in North Africa and the entire Italian Campaign including Salerno, Anzio and the Gothic Line.
Blood and Bandages is a true life account of William Earlís life in the RAMC and the run up to being enlisted. Written by William Earl himself with the help from Liz Coward, this book follows one man from the run up to War being declared, through some of the bloodiest battles and frontlines known to man and onwards to Victory.
Blood and Bandages is published by Sabrestorm Publishing and can be purchased from Casemate. It is a hardback book with 160 pages of high quality gloss paper which is jam packed with William Earlís experiences or War, information about the layout and positions of the different aid posts including the dangers that faced them. It also mentions other in depth information about the RAMC that may not be common knowledge. The book consists of text and images including some pictures from Williamís personal archive.
The Format of Blood and Bandages is set out in a way that makes it easy to read and also notice what parts are written by William Earl and the parts written by second Author Liz Coward. Liz focuses on the background of the Royal Army Medical Corps and War Situations in North Africa and Italy.
In my personal opinion, I really enjoyed Blood and Bandages. Itís got a lot of information in it that interests me. However, I would begrudge paying £20 for an A5 sized book which is mostly full of common knowledge information. It also has some information in it that doesnít need to be in the book which at times spoils the book. I like how it has Williamís personal accounts in most of the book which appeals to me as a reader, I would enjoy it more if it was just his work.
Highs: I found the parts of the title written by William Earl particularly interesting to me.Lows: I felt that the parts authored by Liz Coward broke up the flow of the book.Verdict: While I enjoyed the book for the most part I felt the cost was on the high side.
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