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Petals and Bullets: Dorothy Morris - New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War

Petals and Bullets: Dorothy Morris - New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War
 

New Zealand nurse Dorothy Morris described her journey to a Republican medical unit of the Spanish civil war in early 1937.

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ISBN 9781845196844
Published 1 April 2015 by Sussex Academic Press
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Derby, Mark
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ISBN-13 9781845196844
ISBN-10 1845196848
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Sussex Academic Press
Imprint Sussex Academic Press
Publication Date 1 April 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Derby, Mark
Category World History: From C 1900 -
European History
European history: from c 1900 -
Military History
Civil War
Nursing
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 320g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 610.73092
Catalogue Code 557444

Description of this Book

It was bright moonlight -- good bombing light -- and once we had to stop and put out our lights as a Fascist aeroplane flew over. They usually come swooping down with guns firing at cars, especially ambulances. Finally we arrived at a town among the hills about 12.30 p.m. Here there is a hospital of about 100 beds in a former convent. They expect an attack tonight . In these words New Zealand nurse Dorothy Morris described her journey to a Republican medical unit of the Spanish civil war in early 1937. This book is based on the vivid, detailed and evocative letters she sent from Spain and other European countries. They have been supplemented by wide-ranging research to record a life of outstanding professional dedication, resourcefulness and courage. Dorothy Aroha Morris (1904-1988) volunteered to serve with Sir George Youngs University Ambulance Unit, and worked at an International Brigades base hospital and as head nurse to a renowned Catalan surgeon. She then headed a Quaker-funded childrens hospital in Murcia, southern Spain. As Francos forces advanced, she fled to France and directed Quaker relief services for tens of thousands of Spanish refugees. Nurse Morris spent the Second World War in London munitions factories, as welfare supervisor to their all-female workforces. She then joined the newly formed UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, working in the Middle East and Germany with those who had been displaced and made homeless and destitute as a result of the war. Dorothy Morriss remarkable and pioneering work in the fields of military medicine for civilian casualties, and large-scale humanitarian relief projects is told in this book for the first time. Published in association with the Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is an intriguing book which seeks to interpret the world-changing events of the Spanish Civil War and World War Two through the eyes of a nurse from Christchurch, New Zealand... Murray Rowlands, former director of Morley College, London, New Zealand Studies Network UK & Ireland, August 2015

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Author's Bio

Mark Derby is a New Zealand writer and historian. His books include Kiwi Companeros New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War (2009). A Spanish translation, Companeros Kiwis Nueva Zealanda y la Guerra Civil Espanol, appeared in 2011.

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