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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy



The results generally were excellent and the experience gained in the Second Libyan Campaign had been used to assure first-class results. The work of our forward units earned high praise from senior British officers and British units on the L of C and at the Base. To this result the excellent British surgical teams attached to New Zealand medical units contributed greatly, as did the courageous work of the AFS drivers and other ambulance personnel.

The combination of skilled surgeons, adequate resuscitation, and markedly improved nursing facilities made a great difference in the surgical results obtained, and this was noted and commented on by all observers at Base. Colonel Ardagh, ADMS 2 NZ Division, a capable surgeon and a very able and forceful administrator, was largely responsible for the co-ordination and efficiency of the forward surgery in our Division at that period.