A Half Acre of Hell by Avis D. Schorer

A Half Acre of Hell
A Combat Nurse in WWII
by Avis D. Schorer

ISBN: 1–880090–94–5
Size: 6 x 9 • 272 pgs.
Price: $16.95

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Lt. Avis Schorer served with an evacuation hospital in North Africa and Italy. Heartache, loneliness, and danger were constant companions while caring for the severely wounded. She and 25 others were the first to land on the Anzio beachhead. Constantly bombarded by German shells and bombs, the hospital on the beach was soon dubbed “Hell’s Half Acre.”


Avis D. Schorer is a retired nurse who has lived in Bloomington, Minnesota, for the past 32 years. A native of Iowa, she took her nurse’s training at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She served four years in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II including stints in both North Africa and Italy. After serving in the army from March 1942 until January 1946, she attended Anesthesia School at Northwestern Hospital (then Wesley Memorial) in Chicago. She now does volunteer work at Fairview Ridges Hospital and her local library. She is also a member of the Augsburg Park Library Writers’ Group.