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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Red Cross Protection

Red Cross Protection

The protection of the Red Cross was utilised for the divisional medical units and the evidence is that it was respected by the enemy. The transport planes destroyed when being used to evacuate wounded were not marked with the Red Cross, and ambulance planes so marked were not molested. Deliberate bombing of medical units did not occur, though bombing of our forces was common at this period and was responsible for many casualties.