Red Cross train in France
Ambulances deliver wounded soldiers to a British Red Cross train which will then evacuate the casualties to a field hospital in the rear, away from the front. The large numbers of casualties drove both sides to develop better medical treatment for their soldiers and significant advances were made in the fields of trauma and reconstructive surgery. Improvements were also made in the way that wounded soldiers were evacuated from the front lines. However by today’s standards, where for example an American soldier wounded in Iraq could be medevaced by air to a trauma center in Germany within hours, the ambulance system of World War 1 was still very slow, which led to many men dying in transit before they could reach a hospital.