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During the First World War, there was a great demand for surgical dressings. At one time demand outstripped the supply and therefore any spare materials were used as dressings. The greatest shortages developed in Germany after an effective naval blockade prevented supplies of materials reaching German ports. Surgical dressing substitutes were made from a range of textiles, including curtains, cotton muslin and cotton used for petticoats.

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I am a master's student of nineteenth-century English literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. For the WW1C project I have been overseeing the @Arras95 live-tweeting project, as well as researching resources to add to the project library.
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