Dr. Kanaar was a British-born and -trained surgeon who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War II, in France
and Belgium up to the retreat at Dunkirk, in various battlefield locations after D-day, and in Berlin during the occupation.
This collection focuses mostly on his non-medical writings, namely descriptions of his war experiences in Europe and of
the conditions he observed there. Included are several typescripts of two unpublished books: 1. "War-time reflections by
a British Army surgeon", which was based partly on a series of talks given by Capt. Kanaar during three months spent in
the United States while on special leave; 2. "The Sign of the Hammer and Sickle " which is also partly based on wartime experiences;
3. typescripts of a number of published and unpublished essays, articles, and letters to newspapers. The bulk of the collection
dates to 1940-1948.
Adrian C. Kanaar, MD, MRCP (London), FRCS (Edinburgh) (1911-1993) qualified M.B. at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, in
1934, received a B.S. from London University in 1936, had surgical training at Edinburgh University, and was awarded the
M.D. from the British Postgraduate Medical School in 1939. That year he was called to active service with the Royal Army
Medical Corps and was active in France and Belgium through the retreat at Dunkirk; he returned to the Continent after D-Day
and served in various stations, including occupied Berlin. On special leave in 1942 in the U.S., Captain Kanaar began a series
of talks about his war experiences, wanting to foster Anglo-American cooperation and to clear up what he felt were misconceptions
about the war and about the British. These talks evolved into some of the manuscript chapters included in this collection.
His experiences in Germany after the war's end, and especially his impressions of the administration in the Russian zone,
are described in the second major manuscript in this collection, and in many of the shorter pieces.
2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
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