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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy


Throughout the campaign in Greece the work performed by all members of the medical units was of a very high standard, and special reference must be made to the work of the ambulance drivers and stretcher-bearers under the unusually difficult conditions. This was the first test of the units of the New Zealand Medical Corps in action, and its personnel had to adapt themselves rapidly to unaccustomed surroundings and weather conditions and to the constant movement from place to place. After three weeks' stay at one place—Katerini—where no wounded were received, the rest of the field work was interrupted by a series of withdrawals.

The establishment of the ADSs and MDSs of the field ambulances at their original sites was fraught with considerable difficulty, as at that time the general opinion held was that the Geneva Red Cross could not be relied upon for protection.