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Hedley Malloch

French Army Medical Service Equivalents

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What were the French army titles for 'Field Ambulance', 'Casualty Clearing Station', and 'Base Hospital', please?

 

The question assumes that medical services in the French army were organised along similar lines to that of the British army.  Which may or may not be true.

 

Many thanks for all help received.

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Hedley

There is a very good book, all in French, Le Service De Sante aux Armees  pendant la Premiere Guerre Mondiale. Published in 2008. I bought a copy at Theipval a couple of years ago. On page 202 it has a diagram of the French system of evacuation but quite a small diagram and I do not think it will scan well. See if you can find a copy of the book anywhere if not message me but I am just going away for a week.

 

Pete

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There is also a book, "Le Service de Santé 1914-1918" by Marc Morillon, which has a diagram (this may be the same book), ISBN 978-2-7587-0116-3. It was published in 2014.

 

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I did a little work on this a while back, and from memory the French evacuation chain (with translation and British equivalent) is:

Poste de Secours (Aid Post; regimental aid post)

Ambulance intermediaire (intermediate ambulance, advanced dressing station)

Ambulances de secteur (sector (brigade) ambulances, main dressing station)

Hopitaux d'evacuation (evacuation hospital, casualty clearing station)

Hopitaux militaires (military hospital)

 

Because French casualties were on home ground they didn't develop the stationary hospital system we used; the wounded were transported back to civil hospitals around France.

 

Hope this helps.

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6 hours ago, healdav said:

There is also a book, "Le Service de Santé 1914-1918" by Marc Morillon, which has a diagram (this may be the same book), ISBN 978-2-7587-0116-3. It was published in 2014.

 

Appears not to be the same book; the one Pete cites is by Professeur Alain LARCAN & médecin en chef Jean-Jacques FERRANDIS. 

 

Best regards,

 

sJ

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David, Peter, McSwan, SeaJane - many thanks.

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