The Real M*A*S*H traces the original stories and people that inspired the fictional TV series and feature film about the Korean War. Both pushed buttons on cultural and social frontiers but real life M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) units were actually more like renegade units onto themselves and early indicators of the social turmoil and tensions that were to unfold later in the USA.
Threaded throughout the book, the film and the TV series were the sexual hijinks between men and women at the MASH units. Our real veterans speak candidly to the reality of the MASH social scene. It brings forward the voices of the surgeons and nurses who staffed the groundbreaking MASH units during the Korean War.
When asked how authentic the show was in portraying the reality of life on the frontlines in a medic station, the often heard response is that, though well researched, the show was entertainment, whereas war was a horror-show.
HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 17 September, 8.30pm