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Millard stumbled upon her war diary 15 years after the Armistice and immediately decided to have it published after implementing it with additional detail. Her writing had only improved within that time frame and she had apparently forgotten little as all that she relates in the recollection sections seems so startlingly immediate that it brings one as through a time machine, face-to face with all the mangled horror that was the Great War.
From her initial desire to go overseas - "the lilt of "Tipperary," "Madelon," and "Roses of Picardy" heated my enthusiasm to a fever pitch" - to first hearing news of the Armistice while working in a "death ward" - "There is no armistice for Charley or for any of the others in that ward" - Millard not only clearly describes medical horrors but also reveals the philosophical transformation that was shared by so many of her generation and which became foundational for the American pacifism that was prevalent prior to Pearl Harbor.
Speaking of Americans, her description of the US wounded reminded me distinctly of Muriel Engelman's descriptions (found in her memoir "Mission Accomplished: Stop the Clock.") of the WWII G.I.s who she nursed during the Battle of the Bulge. Ms. Millard has this to say about her fellow Americans: "I hate to see them pouring in [to the hospital], yet I am proud of them. Such gallantry, such nerve, such pluck! Even the French nurses have remarked about it.Read more ›
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