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Two men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps having their wounds treated. They are lying on stretchers propped up with wooden legs. The man on the left is having his left foot dressed by two men; his right leg is already bandaged-up. Three men attend to the wounded man on the right.

The scene is most probably an Advanced Dressing Station, set up in a large abandoned building with stones walls and a dirt floor. The limited extent of the medical facilities available near the front line is well illustrated.

Note the graffiti (including several British cap badges) on the rear wall.

Dressing stations were set up close to the fighting to treat wounded soldiers. Those taken to a dressing station were either bandaged-up and sent back to fight or, if their condition was serious enough, sent on to a Casualty Clearing Station for further treatment.

Original reads: ‘Dressing wounds of an Anzac man.’

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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