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Calling medics

Hi there - I am one of the RAF guys shot down over Iraq during Gulf1 and held as a POW - I already know some of you from personal contact but if anyone is marginally interested in knowing more, my website is www.johnnichol.com

Anyway, since leaving the crabs in 1997 I've been writing books (amongst other things). My last 3 books have all been WW2 oral history books, recording the experiences of the veterans and covering areas like POWs, Bomber Command and Evaders - more details on the "books" section of my website.

My new project is about medics, doctors, stretcher-bearers etc. and will primarily be looking at WW2 experiences - I am in contact with a lot of the veterans already via the RAMC other regimental associations

But I also want to bring the story up to date with some accounts of medics, surgeons etc. in recent conflicts in the Falklands, Iraq & Afghanistan.

I'm looking for people from each of these conflicts that can talk about their experiences and enlighten the reader about the reality life on the front line.

If anyone would like to contribute - any rank, gender or specialistaion - I'd love to hear from you. You can be serving or retired, and if you want to remain anonymous that's fine.

You can email me at bloodbrotherswar @ aol.com or send a PM via this website.

I look forward to hearing from you (and to receiving the inevitable banter).
John Nichol
Can't help you on that one John but I thought your book 'The Last Escape' was superb (suck suck), never realised it was that bad for the POW's. One of the blokes I work with got a lot of info about his Grandad who was captured at Calais from the book as he was in Stalag XXB.
Good luck with the new one.
Anybody know Private Michelle Norris, medic of MC fame, and if so maybe point her Johns way? I think she would have something good to add.
John might want to approach one of the COs or another MOD so that they can vouch for his authenticity, and perhaps provide other advice to those who may wish to contribute.

Clearing such contact through the CoC might be a good idea too.
I'm sure the usual precautions will be taken. Come on then you medics, nows the time to tell your story, and with the good work you lot are no doubt doing on ops its about time you got your share of the limelight
Cheers for the PMs and emails so far - and for the witty (and not so witty) banter - after 10 years in civvy street you tend to forget it all!

The project is kosher (trust me, I was an aviator) but do check with the head bods on Arrse if you have any doubts.

And a few people have contacted me asking about posting experiences here - please don't do that (unless you really want to); I'll speak to you via email or dierct.

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