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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

CCS Returns to Egypt

CCS Returns to Egypt

The CCS had set up a 210-bed, tented ‘holding hospital’ near Tripoli preparatory to the opening of the campaign in Sicily. It was 20 July before any casualties from Sicily were admitted, and by 25 July it was already apparent that casualties would not be as heavy as anticipated and that the services of the unit would no longer be required by the local DDMS. Accordingly, arrangements were set in motion for the return of the unit to Egypt as soon as sea transport was available, and the unit arrived in Maadi Camp on 12 August.