By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 28, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps tells us a war story through the lens of a Prime-Time Television sit-com.


An epic TV series – situational comedy and the dark side of war and human nature.

MASH aired its final episode on CBS on February 28, 1983.  It ran for eleven years while the Korean war, in which it took place, lasted for only three years.

Most everyone of a certain age saw some episodes of MASH. The final episode remains the most watched single episode of a TV series.

I bet most people know that MASH stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or at least are not surprised by that.

Evidence for military field hospitals dates to Roman times.   They evolved but took a step change during the US Civil War where surgeons were busy providing care, often in the form of amputation.   More recently, natural disasters, infectious outbreaks and the like will likely have mobile hospitals on the spot where they are needed.

Bellin’s map of the Korean peninsula from 1758 is shown here.

Korean peninsula – Circa 1758 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.