This question focuses on just free fields. The point is, studying Merzbacher's Quantum Mechanics book, in the chapter about identical particles, the author shows how Quantum Fields appear naturally when developing that theory inside Quantum Mechanics.
In that setting the symmetry constraint on the wavefunctions appear and this leads to the Fock space as the natural Hilbert space for a system of identical particles. Furthermore, the construction allows one to deal with systems with varying number of particles.
On the other hand, I've read that when restricting attention to free fields, in that context, the quantum fields act on a Fock space.
In that case, Quantum Field Theory for free fields is just Quantum Mechanics of free particles? Is that true?
So that we can, for instance, considering free electromagnetic field, say that the electromagnetic field is indeed just a system of photons like is usually said in basic modern physics courses? And the electron field is just a system of electrons?