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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy



Clothing was satisfactory. The changeover from battle dress to summer kit took place in Tunisia during the second week in May.

The troops were seasoned campaigners hardened to the climate of North Africa, with living habits adapted to the conditions, with established administrative systems of health care, and with a high morale as they at long last brought the North African campaigns to page 453 a victorious conclusion. In such circumstances, a good health record was almost natural despite the strain of a long campaign. Likewise, a wealth of experience had resulted in the perfection of a high standard of battle surgery, the established techniques of which will be reviewed in the following section.