MEDICAL ORDERS FOR MARKET GARDEN
1 AIRBORNE DIVISION
MEDICAL OPERATION INSTRUCTION NO.1.
Maps 1/25,000 CSGS 4427
GINKEL 388 ARNHEM 6NW
Issued verbally at Bde. ‘O’ Gps. No supporting medical units
To collect treat and hold wounded and sick of the Division until
such times that they can be evacuated by air or rd.
Fd Ambs under comd Bdes.
1st LIFT - 1 Para Bde and 1 Airlanding Bde.
(1) 181 (Airlanding) Fd Amb est a D.S. in area WOLFHEZEN 6680.
To remain open until evening of D + 1 when Airlanding Bde
withdraw to ARNHEM. This D.S. will deal with cas from all
D.Zs. and L.Zs. and from Airlanding Bde and 1 Para Bde in
their initial tasks.
Surgery to be kept to absolute minimum as D.S. is only open
for 36 hours.
(2) 16 (Para) Fd. Amb. establish C.C.Ps as required. Evacuate to
181 (Air Ldg) Fd. Amb. D.S. at WOLFHEZEN in early stages.
Establish D.S. at ARNHEM when town is captured. St.Elisabeth
Hospital may be recced and used if suitable.
2nd LIFT. - 4 Para Bde and 1 Air Ldg Bde.
(1) L.Z. and D.Z. casualties to D.S. at WOLFHEZEN in early stages.
(2) C.C.Ps established as required.
(3) 133 (Para) Fd Amb D.S. to be established in 4 Bde Area in ARNHEM. (Municipal Hospital may be used if suitable)
(4) 181 (Air Ldg) Fd. Amb. D.S. to close at WOLFHEZEN as soon as possible after casualties have been evacuated to 16 (Para) Fd. Amb. D.S. at ARNHEM. A small medical party may have to be left to deal with serious casualties unfit for moving.
D.S. re-opens Air Ldg Bde area ARNHEM (Deaconess Hospital may be used if suitable.)
3rd LIFT. - Polish Para Bde
C.C.PS to be established as required.
D.S. opened in Bde Area. A.D.M.S. will recce area in advance and meet
S.M.O. on arrival in ARNHEM.
Report to D.S. at WOLFHEZEN and move with this unit into ARNHEM.
May be by air or by road not before D + 3. POW will NOT be evacuated from the area.
IV. SPECIAL TREATMENT.
Life saving operations only will be performed in the initial stages; otherwise casualties will be prepared for evacuation.
Will be evacuated to D.Ss in early stages and later to Corps Exhaustion Centres if necessary.
Will be treated in unit lines.
Whole blood may be available on D + 3. It must be used within 36 hours of receipt. It is hoped to establish a Small Divisional Blood bank in the local Refrigerated Store.
V. MEDICAL SUPPLIES.
As for previous planned operation. There will be no medical re-supply on D day.
VI. AIR EVACUATION - TRANSPORT - HYGENE.
Same arrangements as for Operation 'Linnet'.
VII. SIGN POSTING.
D.Ss will be clearly marked as soon as they are est. Main crossings and entrances to the town should be suitably marked. Pro will assist
VIII. LIASON WITH CIVIL MEDICAL AUTHORITIES.
Full co-operation must pertain between British and Dutch. If hospitals are full, alternative accommodation must be found..
A.D.M.S. at Div. H.Q. ARTILLERIE PARK 7378. Communication by D.R. from Fd. Ambs. At 0800 and 1800 hrs daily.
(sgd) G.A. Warrack
1 AIRBORNE DIVISION
14 Sep 44