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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Relief of Division

Relief of Division

American troops of Fifth Army linked up with the left flank of 2 NZ Division on 14 August and that night began to relieve the Division, completing occupation of the sector by 16 August. All New Zealand units were then withdrawn from action and assembled in the vicinity of Castellina, some 30 miles south of Florence. All field ambulances closed, but 4 Field Ambulance reopened as soon as it reached Castellina for the admission of casualties and sick. A steady stream of infective hepatitis cases, on their way to 2 General Hospital at Caserta, was passed through the unit to 1 Mobile CCS in the quiet period until the end of the month, when 2 NZ Division was switched to the east coast again.