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A History of America's Frontline Medics from Concord to Covid-19

Published by Knox Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

An articulate, compelling history of American battlefield medics.

“I have walked the battlefields with Martin King, who has traversed them countless times with veterans. No one knows these stories like Martin, and no one can tell them quite the way he does.”
—Rick Beyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Army of World War II

“Few things bring history to life like the words of those who lived through it. Martin King offers us a glimpse into those experiences, documenting a young nation in the most formative periods of its history. Insightful, moving, and important, this book is a valuable tool for anyone wanting to better understand America’s role in the most brutal of conflicts.”
—Dan Snow, BBC TV Presenter and historian, History Hit TV

“I have never known better stories in my life. Thoughtful and touching beyond belief. The context Martin King provides to help tell the story is beyond reproach. This is 11 on a scale of 10.”
—Commander Jeffrey Barta, Deputy Museum Systems Operations Office, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, DC

“Our soldiers and their missions have greatly benefited from the compassion, commitment, and selfless service of all frontline medics. Thank you for all that you’ve done for our nation, its soldiers, and their families.”
—General David H. Petraeus, United States Army (Retired)

“Martin King has a keen eye for the human side of conflict. In His attention to the experience of medical personnel and his excellent prose provides interesting additions It’s a wonderfully unique book that offers the reader a great insight into everything about the frontline medics.”
—Professor Jerome Sheridan, Author, Military Historian, American University

Martin King is a highly qualified Emmy Award–winning British military historian, author, and lecturer. He has lectured at many British and US colleges, universities, and military bases throughout the world. The History Channel hired Martin as a historical consultant on their series Cities of the Underworld. In 2007, he worked as a historical consultant and writer on the hit series Greatest Tank Battles, one of the most watched military documentary series ever produced.

King is a frequent visitor to the prestigious West Point Military Academy. Widely regarded as a leading authority on European Military History, he is an honorary citizen and chosen cultural ambassador. His campaigning work for World War II veterans was acknowledged by leading military personnel at the Pentagon, who cordially invited him to present his work. He was also invited to the United States Army Heritage and Education Center in 2020 to open a series of lectures. Awarded Services to Education certificates by the USAF and NATO. In 2017, his book The Fighting 30th Division: They Called Them Roosevelt’s SS, was nominated in the USA for the Distinguished Writer Award.

Michael Collins is a military historian and author who has co-written several books with Martin King, including Voices of the Bulge, The Tigers of Bastogne, The Fighting 30th Division, To War with the 4th, Warriors of the 106th, and Lost Voices: The Untold Stories of America’s World War I Veterans and their Families. He also associate produced the Emmy Award–winning documentary Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne. He specializes in twentieth-century history, specifically World War I and World War II. He lives in Western Massachusetts, and is widely renowned as a leading archivist and researcher.

"One of the joys of studying history is that people emerge from the shadows whose actions that would otherwise have been forgotten demand our attention. The experiences of frontline medics revealed in full by the energetic researches of Martin King, who has demonstrated that they should be counted as history's true heroes." 

– Peter Snow, historian, author, and host of 20th Century Battlefields

"Martin's stories reminds me of that which the soldiers in the 327th Infantry Brigade, 101st Airborne Division hold dear: selflessness, duty, and commitment. Medics are a shining example of these attributes and these stories reminds all of us in uniform that we must never forget the sacrifice and service of those who came before us. This is a must-read for anyone and also those who have served, as well as their loving, supportive families." 

– Colonel Rob Campbell (Retired), Commander, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

"Thanks to the passion and determination of Martin King to deliver the extraordinary details of these modern-day saints, Frontline medics do the right thing even in the face of hell!" 

– Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George Patton