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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Medical Units in Forli

Medical Units in Forli

At the beginning of December 2 NZ Division faced up to the Lamone River astride Route 9 with 5 Infantry Brigade on the left and 6 Infantry Brigade on the right, each with its respective ADS open near the main road. In Forli 5 MDS was open for battle casualties and 6 MDS for sickness cases. Both the MDS and ADS of 4 Field Ambulance were closed and in reserve. The 1st Mobile CCS was in an excellent school building in Forli, well placed to treat battle casualties and evacuate direct to 1 General Hospital by NZ Section MAC.

On the night of 10–11 December 5 Infantry Brigade passed through 46 Division, which had established a bridgehead across the page 621 Lamone River to the south-west of Faenza, and was poised to attack towards Faenza. The attack opened on the night of 14–15 December and was brilliantly successful, leading to the capture of Faenza on the evening of 16 December. The attack presented a formidable problem for the medical services as all routes up and down were very poor indeed, and only one-way traffic was possible for considerable stretches in many places.

plans for medical support of military operation

Attack on Faenza: Medical Units and Lines of Evacuation