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Karol Longo
Karol Longo • 1 year ago

Ernest Hemingway, American Red Cross volunteer, recuperates from wounds at ARC Hospital, Milan, Italy, September 1918.

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Ernest Hemingway, American author (Milan, 1918).

The American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) volunteered for the front in early 1918. He drove ambulances for two months after his arrival in the battlefield until he was wounded. Still only 18, Hemingway said at the time: "When you go to war as a boy you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed; not you.Then when you are badly wounded the first time you lose that illusion and you know it can happen to you."

On August 22, 1864, The International Red Cross was founded as part of the Geneva Convention.  We found this photo of Ernest Hemingway in an American Red Cross Ambulance during World War I in Italy. Circa 1918.

A young Ernest Hemingway in hospital during the war

American Red Cross poster for World War I

The 1923 passport of Ernest Hemingway.

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. The French Resistance was a group of individuals who helped to win the war against the German Nazis enemy with undercover work. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.

Ernest Hemingway, Cuba, 1934