The Ambulance in the First World War


A lot of rescue services and ambulances work during the First World War in Europe. The Red Cross brought in the first widespread battlefield motor ambulances to replace horse-drawn vehicles. Thanks to Getty Images Database, it’s possible to look about the emergency services and ambulances during a conflict, and look what physicians, nurses and volunteers done to help soldiers and civilian people.

A man dressed in a US medic military World War I uniform sits in a WWI US ambulance at a WWI military camp reconstitution in the Tuilleries Garden in Paris on July 13, 2014, on the eve of Bastille Day, France’s National Day. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)


Wounded German prisoners receive medical attention at a first aid station of the 103rd and 104th Ambulance Companies, September 1912. US Army photo. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)

‘The shell-shattered ambulance’ on display at L & N W Railway Horticultural show, Euston Square, London. (Photo by J. B. Helsby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)



A ‘white ambulance’ of the Societe de Secours aux Blesse Militaires in Paris, circa 1918. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Four camel ambulances attached to the Imperial Camel Corps at Rafa, which was used as a base for the attack on Gaza, held by forces of the Ottoman Empire. 1918. The Red Cross banner is flying. Middle Eastern theatre of World War I. Egypt. Colour Paget plate. Photo: James Francis Hurley (1885 – 1962) (Frank Hurley). (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)


Ministry Of Information First World War Official Collection, Medicine: The two ‘Women of Pervyse’, Mairi Chisholm and the Baroness de T’Serclaes driving their motor ambulance through the ruins of Pervyse. The two women manned a first aid post in the Belgian front line for most of the war, 30 July 1917. (Photo by Lt. Ernest Brooks/ IWM via Getty Images)



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