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U.S. Infantry Medic with Stretcher, 1943-45--single figure

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Item Number: 25193

U.S. Infantry Medic with Stretcher, 1943-45

The concept of evacuating soldiers soon after being wounded was introduced during World War I, when stretcher-bearers became the ancestors of today’s medics and hospital corpsman.  In previous conflicts, comrades picked up casualties and transported them the best they could on blankets or greatcoats.  But improvising a stretcher would likely reopen the patient’s wounds, because their bodies were limp and pliable.  An actual stretcher kept the body rigid and could be worked by two men--under ideal conditions.  However, conditions were rarely ideal and teams of four to six were preferred and not uncommon.

Released in APRIL 2023.