New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy
The majority of the RMOs at this period had only recently been attached to the Division, but they carried out their work efficiently. RAPs were set up in whatever suitable buildings were available page 658 during the advance, and preliminary treatment given to the wounded before evacuation to the ADS. Working in close co-operation with the regimental stretcher-bearers, Bren carriers marked with Red Crosses were used to collect the casualties from the companies. They had often to run the gauntlet of spandau and tommy-gun fire as well as shelling on the dusty roads. The rapidity of movement made the evacuation to the ADSs by ambulance car an urgent matter. Many German wounded, as well as Italian civilians, were attended to before evacuation to the rear.