New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy
From the Senio to the Santerno
The members of 4 Field Ambulance established themselves at Granarolo ready to receive battle casualties at 9 a.m. on 11 April when 6 MDS closed. The surgical teams from 4 and 6 Field Ambulances and all available ambulance cars were attached to 4 Field Ambulance.
Our infantry crossed the Santerno before dawn on 11 April, and by next morning the New Zealand, 8 Indian, and 3 Carpathian Divisions all had battalions across the river.
There was a steady flow of casualties back to 4 Field Ambulance, these totalling 94 on 11 April and 103 on 12 April.
Crossing the Santerno River with 9 Infantry Brigade on the morning of 13 April, 4 ADS opened to receive casualties from its brigade, which had relieved 5 Infantry Brigade. Steady progress was made towards the Sillaro River, and as 9 Infantry Brigade and 6 Infantry Brigade advanced, 4 ADS and then 4 MDS were kept busy with the casualties, the MDS admitting 89 on 13 April, 119 on 14 April, and page 653 43 up to four o'clock on the afternoon of 15 April, when the unit closed. Its functions were taken over by 6 MDS, which opened under canvas 2 miles to the rear of Massa Lombarda and was assisted by the surgical team from 4 MDS.