H070578 ISSUE MEDICAL SLING/BANDAGE. (Binde/Verbandtücher)

BACKGROUND: Each Division in the German Army of WWII had Divisional Support units which included a medical unit that normally consisted of two companies, a mobile field hospital and two ambulance platoons. Within these medical units EM’s and Junior NCO’s with basic medical training acted as medical orderlies or stretcher bearers under the command of Doctors with Officers ranks. The German army also maintained static hospitals in the rear areas for those with more severe wounds and those with the most serious injuries that would require long rehabilitation times would be sent to a hospital in their home military recruiting district within Germany. Generally the German field units preferred to care for their own wounded as much as possible as a convalescents transferred to a rear area static military or home military district hospital could potentially be dispatched to a new unit on their recovery. As a result most of the Divisional medical support units maintained a generous supply of medical equipment and accessories to provide the most favourable "in-house" care as possible. Among the medical equipment and accessories were a wide variety of bandages, wound dressings and basic first-aid items. The medical orderlies and stretcher bearers in the field were each issued with two medical pouches to be worn on the waist belt. One of the contents of the medical pouches were, "2 dreieckige Verbandtücher", (2 Triangular cloth bandages), which were also utilized as slings.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The isosceles triangle white cotton construction sling/bandage. Sling is well marked with black inkstamped national eagle and "H.U.", both with rectangular borders. The "H.U." inkstamp indicates, Heeres Unterkunft which translates roughly as Army Quartermasters. Nice medical accessory.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $79.00

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