Backwash Of War : The Classic Account of a First World War Field Hospital
The â€˜backwashâ€™ of Ellen La Motteâ€™s controversial book are the dirty, smelly, lice
and disease ridden bodies of wounded French soldiers brought into her field
hospital, 10 kilometres behind the Western Front of the First World War. They
compose the â€˜human wreckageâ€™ of highly organised and industrialised warfare.
Arranged into fourteen vignettes, The Backwash of War paints a picture of that
conflict which seems so familiar to modern readers with nearly a century of
writing about it to draw on.
Yet, even with the passage of time, Ellen La Motteâ€™s first hand observations and
comments, sometimes cynical, sometimes poignant, retain a freshness and
continue to make for compelling reading. Her graphic and highly vivid studies of
how modern weapons of war can truly wreck the human body and mind remain
a potent reminder of the true costs of conflict. No wonder the American
Government banned The Backwash of War in 1918.
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