Question: How old was Hemingway when he was seriously injured working as an ambulance driver in WWI in 1918?

What did Hemingway do during WWII?

In the Second World War, Hemingway chased German submarines off the coast of Cuba until he went to Europe to serve as a war correspondent and an unconventional soldier. Yet, as could be expected with Hemingway, his service was not ordinary nor was his behavior.

What caused an injury to Hemingway?

On the night of July 8, 1918, Hemingway was struck by an Austrian mortar shell while handing out chocolate to Italian soldiers in a dugout. The blow knocked him unconscious and buried him in the earth of the dugout; fragments of shell entered his right foot and his knee and struck his thighs, scalp and hand.

When did Hemingway join the Italian army?

By the spring of 1917, it had 46 ambulance units supporting the Allies. WWI Red Cross ambulance in Italy, 1918. Eighteen-year-old Ernest Hemingway joined the service as a Red Cross second lieutenant and at the time was lauded by newspapers as one of the first Americans wounded in Italy.

Was Hemingway in the US Army?

The need to recite manufactured war stories even appeared in his fiction. … World War I was the most important war in Hemingway’s development. He had wanted to serve in the Marines or the fledgling Army Air Service but was turned away due to his nearsightedness (in fact, he never served in any of the armed forces).

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Was Hemingway drafted?

When Hemingway turned eighteen he tried to enlist in the army, but was deferred because of poor vision; he had a bad left eye that he probably inherited from his mother, who also had poor vision. … Hemingway later said: “Those were the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing. I’ve never forgotten them.”