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'Collection of Wounded from an Advancing Army'

'Collection of Wounded from an Advancing Army' by GREEN, J A, Lieutenant Colonel (1917)

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Author: GREEN, J A, Lieutenant Colonel
Title: Collection of Wounded from an Advancing Army in Open Fighting
Year: 1917
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: France
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
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ff [i] xv [i] Army Medical Corps report with manuscript annotation and signed by its author, Lieutenant Colonel Green, on the 'collection of the wounded... in open fighting' by the Third South Midland Field Ambulance from 'March. 21st. to April 25th 1917.' A carbon copy with manuscript cover page stamped by the Royal Army Medical Corps, chipped to edges, with fifteen pages of handwritten text in carbon copy, rectos only, secured by two split pins, occasionally annotated with corrections in Green's hand. The report details his unit's activities during the attack on St Emilie by the '1/4th Glosters' with a careful analysis of the contribution made by forward planning, particularly leadership by officers in difficult conditions 'for horse ambulance wagons were being used, the road was long, unknown and shelled at intervals; the night was very dark, and new as well as old shell holes had to be avoided.' Green's report continues with subsequent attacks on 'Le Petit, Tombois and Gillemont', spelling out in each case the successes and failures of their missions together with figures for those involved: '1 N.C.O, 8 bearers, 12 stretches, 20 blankets, 1 wheeled carrier' etc. The document concludes with Green's 'chief lessons learnt', concluding prosaically: 'Need for increased number of flash lights for bearers working on dark nights.' Signed in pencil with his stamp below. During World War I the Field Ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps which was responsible for establishing and operating a number of points along the casualty evacuation chain, as well as providing a Walking Wounded Collecting Station, rest areas and local sick rooms.
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