By Paul Goldfinger, MD Editor @Blogfinger
Robert Capa landed with the troops and shot quickly with his Leica 35 mm camera. He handed over his film to an aide who got the film out to a boat and then on to England for processing. Unfortunately, an overzealous lab tech ruined most of the exposures except for a few. The image above is one of them, and the Capa D-Day collection is among the best examples of American photojournalism.
There were 12 surgical teams that went in on D-Day, but only 8 made it to shore. Medics quickly organized the wounded. Medical stations and field hospitals were quickly established on shore. Of the wounded who made it to a medical station, less than 1% died.
During the month prior to D-Day, American factories manufactured 100 million doses of the wonder drug Penicillin. There were 4,644 U.S. Army nurses who were stationed on the European front in 1944. They landed on the beaches on June 10 and walked 5 miles or more to field hospitals.
June 6, 2022. Still photographs by Paul Goldfinger obtained from the movie Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg.
* Reference: Time Magazine D-Day 70th Anniversary Tribute (re-issue of the 2004 Time Classic)