WW1 Medical Equipment Pouch W/ Rare Cavalry Pin

CA. 1917


World War 1 represented the coming of age of American military medicine. The techniques and organizational principles of the Great War were greatly different from any earlier wars, and were far more advanced. Medical and surgical techniques, in contrast with previous wars, represented the best available in civilian medicine at the time.


When the United States entered the war in 1917, the army did not have an established medical corps. During the war, the army medical corps copied parts of the French and English medical system that had been in use for the past three years. This system arranged military medical staff in a practical manner.


The medical officer was tasked with establishing a Regimental Aid Post near the front line. From here, the wounded were evacuated and cared for by men of a Field Ambulance in an Advanced Dressing Station. The hospitals set up immediately behind the lines were often housed in tents during the First World War, including wards and operating theatres.



World War I was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously known as the Great War or "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated 9 million combatant deaths and 13 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the related 1918 Spanish flu pandemic caused another 17–100 million deaths worldwide, including an estimated 2.64 million Spanish flu deaths in Europe and as many as 675,000 Spanish flu deaths in the United States.





Medical Equipment Pouch W/ Rare Cavalry Pin

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