Wargame Wednesday: Link Roundup

Wednesday , 20, March 2019 4 Comments

M*A*S*H – This television series was a constant on early evening television in the 70’s up through the early 80’s.  This History.com article on Richard Hornberger discusses his role as a surgeon at a MASH unit during the Korean War and the book he wrote under the alias of Richard Hooker.  It seems that Hornberger didn’t like the show’s moralizing tone that became more pronounced as the series developed.  The characters in the book can be just as annoying as Alan Alda’s, through actions ranging from collegiate, frat-house type pranks to full on debauchery. In many cases, what saves the characters from imprisonment are the countless lives they save, sometimes on a daily basis.

Hornberger writes that these behaviors were brought on by extreme stress  and as a means to “cope with the situation and get the job done”.  He writes that these stresses caused a few of them to “flip their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees. This is a story of some of the ways and degrees.”

The book is more than a chronicle of stressed out surgeon hi-jinks but also gives a flavor at what life and the mission was like at a forward Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. For those interested in military medicine there are quite a few passages describing surgical procedures.

 

U.S. Army Medical Care in WW2 – I was trying to find material on medical care for Volksgrenadiers during the Battle of the Bulge but due to my lack of German language skills I mostly gathered information on the American side. This link has the general path of care given to the American soldier in WW2 (from the front line all the way to those requiring long term treatment being shipped back home to the U.S.) and links to a hospital unit that was at the Bulge and medics serving in divisions nearby.

As for the German side, no fear, I found information allowing for a follow up post with at least the same level of detail, probably more.

 

Wargamer.com – a guide to miniature and board games for 2019 here and for 2019 computer game releases here.  I’m liking what I see with General Staff.

 

 

Atlantis – illustrated by Rocío Espín Piñar

The Art of Rocío Espín Piñar – Visit his Artstation page to enjoy many illustrations of ancient and medieval towns and cities. As his work expands his Artstation page will become a must visit for those seeking inspiration and ideas for historical novels, research and even game design.

 

4 Comments
  • Chris Lopes says:

    Given what the cast has said since the end of the show, it’s clear some of them began to (subconsciously at least) feel they actually were in a long endless war. The show ran out of steam about 5 years in, which is when the heavy moralizing came in. I doubt the South Koreans see the war as senseless.

  • Skyler_the_Weird says:

    I always enjoyed Hookers sequels like Mash goes to Maine.

  • Robespierre says:

    My grandfather wasn’t in Korea but he was in WW II and served as an X-ray technician for the 216th General Hospital which ended up in Germany. He started out in the infantry but was too badly injured for combat service so he volunteered for the Medical Corps. He did not like the show because he felt it was very disrespectful to the Medical Corps.

    I enjoyed the show overall but some of the anti-military stuff was a bit much. In one episode, Hawkeye dumps cement down the barrel of a 105mm howitzer – he should have been court-martialed.

    My other grandfather was the commander of an M7 “Priest” Howitzer Motor Carriage, which of course, fired a 105, so one could accuse me of being biased. But there are plenty of other near treasonous exploits by the heroes.

    Also, anyone who has read Walker Percy (who was a medical doctor before he became a famous novelist) knows that Percy didn’t like Hawkeye and his accomplices and felt they were snobs.

  • Chris Lopes says:

    The problem was they were trying to be about Viet Nam while still set in Korea. The 2 wars were different in ways that were beyond the capacity for Hollywood folk to grasp. It is very hard to argue that keeping South Korea from becoming North Korea was a bad or senseless undertaking. Whenever they talked about the meaningless of the war, they meant Viet Nam, not Korea.

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