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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

2 General Hospital

2 General Hospital

The move of 2 NZ Division to the eastern sector again and the forward move of 1 General Hospital left 2 General Hospital rather in a backwater. It was planned that when Eighth Army advanced beyond the Rimini-Bologna line, 2 General Hospital would be moved north and would again become the most forward hospital. However, this did not happen as Eighth Army was held up for the winter by bitter enemy resistance and the weather before it reached Bologna. Colonel I. S. Wilson succeeded Colonel H. K. Christie as commanding officer of the unit on 10 October 1944 prior to the latter's return to New Zealand.