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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Dispersal and Red Cross Protection

Dispersal and Red Cross Protection

At that time it was laid down that tents of the medical units should be widely dispersed, to the extent of 100 yards between the main tents. The 5th MDS, however, planned only for a forty yards' dispersal, considering that the improvement in our air protection warranted this. At the ADS level digging in by bulldozer and sandbagging was commonly resorted to along with dispersal. Red Cross signs were displayed by medical units except in the forward areas prior to active operations, when their use was held to convey valuable information to the enemy of an impending attack.