A Surgeon with Stilwell

Dr. John H. Grindlay and Combat Medicine in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II

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About the Book

United States Army surgeon John H. Grindlay served in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II in 1941–1944. Drawing on his unpublished war diary and letters, this book sheds new light on the conduct of battlefield medicine in the tropics and provides a new perspective on such personalities as General Joseph W. Stilwell, the famed “Burma Surgeon” Dr. Gordon S. Seagrave, and Chiang Kai-shek. Stilwell’s famous 1942 “walkout” retreat from Burma to India is covered, along with the 1943 Allied return to Burma to push the Japanese from the Ledo Road connecting northeast India to southwestern China.

About the Author(s)

Alan K. Lathrop is a retired professor from the University of Minnesota Libraries—Twin Cities, where he was curator of the manuscripts division for more than 30 years. He lives in Minneapolis.

Bibliographic Details

Alan K. Lathrop

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 259
Bibliographic Info: 28 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7350-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3306-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Introduction 5
1. Aid for China 13
2. AMMISCA Goes to China 19
3. Grindlay Goes to China 23
4. AMMISCA Settles In 30
5. War Begins for AMMISCA 38
6. Enter Stilwell and Goodbye to China 54
7. Joining Seagrave in Burma 65
8. Stilwell’s Escape from Burma: Preparing for the Walkout 84
9. The Walkout 93
10. Hambleton’s Story (Continued) 109
11. The British, Chinese and Civilian Exodus 122
12. Ramgarh: The Beginnings 133
13. Days and Nights at Ramgarh, 1942–1943 143
14. Winding Down at Ramgarh 156
15. Back to Burma and Home 159
Epilogue 199
Chapter Notes 209
Bibliography 236
Index 243