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War Surgery and Medicine

Accidental Injuries

Accidental Injuries

In 2 NZEF, MEF and CMF, deaths from accidental injuries (314) totalled more than deaths from disease (190).

The Statistical Report on the Health of the (British) Army states that deaths from injuries in the Middle East Force in 1943 were only two-fifths of the deaths from disease. The explanation of the difference in proportion is probably that accidental injuries were higher in the New Zealand Force because of the high degree of mobility of 2 NZ Division, and the deaths from disease in 2 NZEF may also have been at a lower rate than for the British Army as a whole.

In 2 NZEF (IP) there were 16 deaths from disease, but 34 from accidental injuries, including 4 from burns.