Surgeon with the Kaiser’s Army

Stephan Kurt Westmann

 
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Michael Westman
Language:
English
Illustration :
16pp b/w plates
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473821705

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399020282

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
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Overview
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The Author gave up his medical studies at Freiburg University in 1914 to enlist in the German Army. He was soon involved in bloody hand-to-hand fighting against the French before moving to the Russian front.

Promoted to medical officer, despite being unqualified and barely into his twenties, he is given command of an ambulance train on the Western Front. He treats and operates on wounded of all nationalities and ranks and rescues British and German soldiers after gas attacks on the trenches of the Somme. As medical officer to the German Air Force (von Richthofen Circus) Westmann sees the dangers and effects of aerial combat at first hand. He witnesses the British tank attacks at Cambrai.

His writing graphically illustrates life and death in the front line, the carnage and humor that sustained soldiers of all nationalities. Westmann’s insights into the social, political, religious, economic and medical aspects of war time life are particularly revealing.

The text is enhanced by contemporary photographs.

About The Author
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As an outspoken anti-Nazi, Stephen Kurt Westmann fled to Britain in the 1930s and set up a Harley Street practice. During WW2 he ran an Emergency Hospital near Glasgow becoming an Honorary Colonel. He died in 1964.

Michael Westman is the author's grandson. He pursued a business career before becoming a Housemaster at Russell School and then Headmaster at the International School in Shanghai. He now lives on Skye where he has started Skye Microlight Training.

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