History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

23 March, 2012

Evacuation Hospital

Striking photographs of an evacuation hospital on the front lines, where wounded soldiers are treated right off the battlefield. Anzio, Italy, 1944, by Margaret Bourke-White.

Medics unload wounded from ambulances at the evacuation hospital, in the mud. Source

Surgeons work on shrapnel causalities. Source

A medic and nurses giving blood plasma to a critically injured patient. Source

Medics x-raying patients for shrapnel wounds and broken bones. Source

A medic carries an x-ray through the mud. Source

Medics attend a healthy soldier donating a bottle of blood. Source

Medics put freshly drawn blood into the ice box. Source

A [cute!] convalescent patient picks his way through the mud with a letter from home. Source

Two nurses walk through the mud from their bathroom tent. Source

Army doctors and nurse finishing an operation to remove a piece of shrapnel from a patient's head. Source

Medics loading a wounded man into an ambulance. Source

An army surgeon wipes the lips of a wounded soldier receiving a blood transfusion. Source

Surgeons perform chest operation on a wounded soldier. Source

A strained smile from the surgeon. Source

Medics and drivers with ambulances beside a hospital train, used to bring wounded from the evacuation hospitals to larger ones away from the front line. The station has been bombed out.  Source

Wounded soldiers being cared for on the hospital train. Source

For the medics... back to the muddy evacuation hospital. Source

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