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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Medical Units in the Battle

Medical Units in the Battle

By 5 a.m. on 2 November casualties were reaching 6 ADS from the attack and the wounded continued to flow in to the medical units for the next two days. At 9 a.m. 77 casualties had been received at 6 ADS, 50 at 152 ADS, and 120 at 151 ADS. At 2 p.m. a total of 302 patients had passed smoothly through 5 and 166 MDSs on their way to the CCSs. Of these, sixty-four were New Zealanders and the balance mainly British. During the day 6 ADS put through 268 cases, and the other ADSs a corresponding number, that of 151 ADS being over 400.

On the night of 2–3 November 151 and 152 Brigades and 23 Armoured Brigade passed from the command of 2 NZ Division, 6 NZ Infantry Brigade taking over from 151 Brigade in the line. Casualties on 3 November were less heavy and came mostly from armoured units in the tank battle, 6 ADS admitting 115.