Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mar

20

1944

Joyce Grenfell sees the casualties of war up close

Medical Transport: Interior of a C 47 air ambulance flying between Catania, Italy to the General Hospital in Tunis, Tunisia. US Army nurse, Miss Mary Smith, is taking particulars from the patient during the flight. These men had started their journey at a Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) at Forgia.

The first ward (it was at 65) was a huge surgical [ward] full of casts, pulleys, and very sick men. All the time we were playing there were sisters doing dressings, patients feeding from tubes, orderlies bringing people in from the theatres and newly arrived from the line. About half the room was too ill to listen or care; the others lay and took it in with their eyes. It was no fun to see the suffering going on in there.