Imagine yourself as an Army nurse in WWII in the Philippines with little food, and the patients keep piling in, and the medicine is low.
Imagine yourself as an Army nurse in WWII in the Philippines with little food, and the patients keep piling in, and the medicine is low. Hard to picture when you haven't done it first hand experience, but in Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell, she gives you the first hand stories from actual Army/Navy Nurses in WWII.
In the first couple chapters of the book, it focuses on the adventures that military nurses went on while stationed in the Philippines. But soon after Pearl Harbor day on December 7th, 1941 it becomes a living nightmare for them. The Japanese come to bomb the Philippines, where the nurses are stationed, leaving thousands of soldiers wounded or dead for the nurses to take care of.
I thought this book was one of the best WWII stories told! I liked how it had many different perspectives from the Navy/Army nurses, and because it told the true story of what happened. Pure Grit is also a great read because you always see books about the untold stories of the soldiers, but never the nurses (who were a huge part of helping with the war!) So it was great to read a different and important perspective. And for those girls who are interested in reading about war but don’t want to read about ‘boring’ combat, this is the perfect feminine twist, about strong, driven women who are also in a way ‘fighting’ for our country. I would definitely recommend this book for anybody 12+ who is intrigued in the history of war and what really happens behind the scenes.