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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Medical Arrangements for the Attack on Arezzo

Medical Arrangements for the Attack on Arezzo

At a conference between DDMS 13 Corps and Colonel R. D. King, ADMS 2 NZ Division, on 12 July it was arranged that 1 NZ Mobile CCS would not open in the meantime but that New Zealand battle casualties would be evacuated from 5 MDS near Cortona, some 6 miles north of Lake Trasimene, through 2 British CCS to 8 South African CCS near Chiusi, about 20 miles away to the south. Exhaustion cases were to go to the Corps Exhaustion Centre, while other New Zealand sick would be admitted to 6 MDS near Panicale. These arrangements were completed by 13 July, upon which date page 583 4 Field Ambulance also set up a rest camp at Civita Castellana, 30 miles north of Rome, for parties proceeding from the Division to Rome on day leave. Attached to 5 MDS were 1 FSU and 2 FTU and HQ NZ Section MAC.

Battle casualties from this first phase of the Division's advance towards Florence were not particularly heavy, 70 being admitted to 5 MDS on the morning of 15 July. After 16 July casualties were confined mostly to mine injuries.