A HISTORY OF THE AMBULANCE

Military Ambulances

Accounts of 18th Century field medicine mention the use of country carts and canal barges being used to transport the wounded. By the time of the Crimean War things were no better.

 

A Hospital Conveyance Corps was recruited but they were mostly pensioners and few reached the front line with their stretchers and ox drawn carts.

The first Field Ambulance was introduced on 1st March 1906, motor ambulances followed in 1911.

 

The Second World War saw Ambulance Trains which were virtually travelling hospitals and North Africa in 1942 saw the first air-landing field ambulances parachuted close to the front lines.

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