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 Drawing on his unpublished war diary and letters, this book sheds new light on the conduct of battlefield medicine in the tropics and provides a new perspective on such personalities as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