1st Edition HB 1958
1st US edition. Hardback with dustjacket. Published in 1959 by
W. W. Norton & Company Inc. Printer N/K. No ISBN number
1st Australian PB Edition 1959
Paperback. Published in November 2011 by "Pen & Sword". Printer N/K. ISBN number 9781848845916
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in the UK in 1958 by "William Heinemann Ltd.".
Printed by "The Windmill Press". Written by John St.John & Daniel Paul
(AKA Alexander Lipmann-Kessel). No ISBN number.
Memoirs of a surgeon parachuted into Arnhem with the First Airborne Division,
his experiences, evasion and escape.
Lipmann Kessel, MBE, MC, FRCS 1914 - 5 June 1986, was a famous orthopaedic surgeon,
often known by his nickname of Lippy. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, he was involved
at the Battle of Arnhem where at the time he was a Captain in the RAMC, and is
credited with saving the life of Brigadier Hackett when he operated on him for a severe
abdominal wound at the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Arnhem.
Kessel had the curious experience of looking out of a window in the St Elizabeth Hospital
and seeing the Division's CO Major General Urquhart, who was in charge of the whole
battle at Arnhem, running along the street. It wasn't until after the battle he
found out that the General was just about to enter a house where he would stay
surrounded by Germans for over 30 hours.
When he first entered the St. Elizabeth hospital he spoke to the Dutch staff in
Afrikaans (which he had learned as a child in South Africa), because he had always
been told it was similar to Dutch. The staff took offence at this as to them it
sounded like German, and he was told in no uncertain terms to always speak English.
Kessel was taken prisoner at Arnhem, but later escaped and has told his story in
his book Surgeon at Arms, published in 1958.
After the war Kessel became a very successful surgeon based in London, and
Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of London.
When he died he was buried, as was his wish, in Arnhem Civil Cemetery, in order
to be close to the men who died at the battle of Arnhem, who are buried in
the nearby Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.