Battlefield Surgery with Mick Crumplin

This episode contains graphic descriptions of injuries and battlefield surgery including amputation. Listener discretion is advised.

In this episode of Visiting Historians, Liam Fitzgerald interviews retired surgeon, curator and historian Mick Crumplin on the gruesome realities of battle wounds, military medicine and battlefield surgery during the Battle of Waterloo. Mick is the curator of the Military Surgical Museum at Ferme de Mont-Saint-Jean, which served as Wellington's field hospital during the battle, and was the focus of Waterloo Uncovered's excavations in 2019.


For more information on the medical challenges of the Napoleonic Wars, check out the short documentary Losing Sight of the Glory, narrated by Mick and created by the Waterloo 200 Association in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.