Diorama showing a First World War field dressing station


Diorama of a First World War dressing station

The scene shows a familiar sight during the First World War, injured soldiers being carried by stretcher bearers from dressing stations to casualty clearing stations further behind the front line. The surgeon on the right hand side is using a kitchen table as an operating table and his instruments are being sterilised using an autoclave heated by a small portable stove.

All medical and surgical equipment had to be light enough to carry to wherever it was needed. Soldiers could experience a range of injuries caused by artillery, bullets or poison gas. Sixty-five million troops fought during the First World War, of which eight million were killed and nineteen million were wounded.

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metal (unknown), paint, plaster, textile and wood (unidentified)
overall (viewing aperture): 670 mm x 630 mm x 2353 mm,
overall (with structure): 947 mm x 630 mm x 2480 mm, 114 kg
Charley's Art (College Road)

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