On Saturday afternoon 21 September 2018 I travelled to Oosterbeek because I wanted to have a look in the Concertzaal at the Rozensteeg 3, where the British  re-enactment group16 PFA Living History Group (Airborne RAMC WW2) organized a (British) Airborne Hospital Display. The purpose of this display was to depict the many dressing stations (medical field stations) in Arnhem and Oosterbeek during the Battle of Arnhem from 17 to 25 September 1944. This has been done for a number of years during the Airborne Weekend, which commemorates Operation Market Garden. I found it very special to see and get an impression of how things were going in the British emergency hospitals in for example Schoonoord on the Utrechtseweg, the Vreewijk and the Tafelberg in Oosterbeek. Both inside and outside I made recordings with video and photo. Outside were jeeps with stretcher and a British Bren Carrier. I saw an ordinance leaving on the bike to the headquarters in hotel Hartenstein. Also outside were the less seriously injured because the inside was overcrowded with wounded who were brought in and operated. Meanwhile the constant noise of shelling was sounding.

Small plate of the 16 P.F.A. Living History Group

On this airborne jeep two stretchers for the transport of wounded. They have just been delivered and will drive the jeep again to pick up new wounded people.
Here you can see a container with which medical equipment was dropped. The container hung parachute on the white sides. The name for this container was CLE (Container Light Equipment).
This is a trolley that was used by the airbornes to transport the equipment for the dressing station. This trolley can also be seen on the picture of General Urquhart who is standing in front of his headquarters in hotel Hartenstein.
The same trolley, but then you can also see the baskets in which medical supplies were dropped.
Outside were the less seriously injured who were less inclined to make room inside for the heavier wounded who were brought in continuously. Eventually the field hospitals became overcrowded.
An airborne carries his wounded comrade to the field hospital in the hope that he can be helped soon.
I found the children walking around there remarkable. They live there in Oosterbeek and must have seen it before. But still it seemed quite heavy to me for them. They saw the, admittedly, painted wounded, but it seemed real, and the noise of the war was constantly ringing. What would have happened to their heads? Would they already realize that it must have been like this during the week of 17 to 25 September 1944? Or do they just see it as a game. Who will say it?
The medicines and aids from that time were displayed. Interesting to see.
It seems that the registration of the incoming victims took place at this table. There are registration cards, a stapler, but also a lamp to shine on while investigating the wounded person after entering. Based on this, it was decided what had to be done. If the man could still be helped, he was operated on.
Stretcher for the transport of wounded people. I saw this stretcher on jeeps. The victim was carried inside when he could not walk.
A badly injured airborne is by the wayside. There is no time to pay attention to him.
There are more seriously injured airbornes in the field hospital. They can't do more than drink some tea and encourage each other. Others are resting and have no energy to sit.
Young recruits are taught the medical devices to care for the wounded.

 

 

In the hall hung the white flag with a red cross, indicating that this was a field hospital. According to the Geneva Convention, this flag had to be respected by friend and enemy. Unfortunately, this often did not happen during the war.

 

 

Container CLE (Container Light Equipment) medical material.

Een zwaargewonde wordt op een brancard door twee helpers binnengebracht en op de vloer neergezet.