Field Ambulance Photos from WWI

Transporting the wounded is a grim reality of war. In the case of WWI, the wounded numbered in the millions. If they were to survive, it was very important to evacuate them from the battle zone to the rear, so they could receive medical care. After they were initially carried by stretcher bearers, eventually they would reach an ambulance, that would carry them the rest of the way, to life saving treatment.
During the time that WWI occurred, the world was in a transitional period, where they phasing out horse drawn wagons, to motor vehicles. Even though motor vehicles were a much better option, many horses were still in use during the war. 
 ST Nazaire, France, 1914. Horse drawn ambulance in front of an Australian Hospital.
Photo: Australian War Memorial Website
Photographer: Unknown (Donor D. Massy)
   Stretcher Bearers carry a badly wounded Australian Soldier, France, 1916.
Photo: Australian War Memorial Website
Photographer: British Official Photographer
This type of vehicle was meant to carry not more than 1 driver 1 attendant, and 38 patients
 This is a rare photo of a WWI Air Ambulance. The photo was taken at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.  
Photo: Library of Congress, details
 American Red Cross, WWI era ambulance.
Photo: Library of Congress, details

Red Cross trucks in France, taken 1916
Photo: Library of Congress, details
 This photo shows and "Operating Ambulance", France 1914.
Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, details 
 This photo taken August, 1918, shows 2nd Division Army Medical Corps Stretcher bearers carrying wounded from a motor ambulance.  
Photographer: Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Photo: Australian War Memorial  details
This photo shows 13th Australian Field Ambulance advanced dressing station with a soldier being operated on.
Photographer: Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Photo: Australian War Memorial detailsAustralian Official Photograph
This photo taken September 30, 1918, shows Australian soldiers helping a wounded American soldier. 
Photographer: Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Photo: Australian War Memorial details
Australian Official Photograph
 This WWI recruiting poster, appealing for those who could drive a car, to do so in France.
Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, details
  This Army Field Hospital was set up in the ruins of a church, 1918.
Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, details
German soldiers receiving medical treatment from the 103rd, and 104th Ambulance Companies, September 12, 1918.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 530754 / Local Identifier 111-SC-23442   

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