The infantry sections and platoons have stretcher bearers.
When there is somebody wounded they drag them out
whether by stretcher or carrying them back to the Regimental Aid Post,
or they may be able to hobble or walk themselves back to the
Regimental Aid Post which is somewhere, not, it’s not out in the
front line where the sections are, but they’re in a strategic area.
They come back to the Regimental Aid Post.
The Medical Officer is there, does what he can for them
and then this is where the Field Ambulance comes in.
Field Ambulance has a stretcher bearer and a driver
and a jeep ambulance always at the Regimental Aid Post.
The wounded are loaded onto two stretchers onto the jeep ambulance
and taken from the Regimental Aid Post back to the section
I talked about a little earlier. It’s called CCP, Casualty Collecting Post.
So it comes from the Regimental Aid Post to the Casualty Collecting Post.
Where again, some of the Medical Officers who you spoke with
probably talked about this. There’s a Medical Officer, generally a captain,
and a sergeant who is an MA and a lot of stretcher bearers.
Anyway, they look after the, they have another look at the wound,
at the wounded. They may change the dressing.
They may start to feed him plasma or blood.
They may change the dressing and so on, and then if he’s well enough.
If he isn’t well enough they may have to keep him there for a while.
If he’s well enough and able to travel,
he travels from the section that I talked about,
the CCP, Casualty Collecting Post,
by a motor ambulance with four stretchers,
two on one side up and down, two on the other side up and down,
and there, from there he’s taken to the ADS.
I never worked in an ADS. I don’t know what they did down there
but they did something similar to what we did at the Casualty Collecting Post.
And I suspect that they were taken from the Advanced Dressing Station,
either back to the famous M.A.S.H. that we’ve heard about
in the movies over the years, or flown to Japan depending on
what was wrong with the person, what the injury was,
what sort of medical attention that he needed.