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Equipment of a WWII Combat Medic

The History of WWII Medical Equipment Stocklist Numbers

While the US Army preferred to indicate itemized parts by Stock N°, the Medical Department used Item N° . Following series of digits represent the numbering system in use after June 1944 (some say August 1944) when the number of digits used increased from 5 to 7 . The first digit always indicated the class to which the part belonged, while the other four (i.e. 0001 to 9999) indicated the purchase order within a specific class . The new Army Service Forces Catalog issued in August 1944 officially introduced the increased series of digits, i.e. 7 in lieu of 5; the additional two digits were attributed in order to help identify variants in identical medical items, and the last two digits were used for this specific purpose (i.e. 00 to 99); when a particular item had no variants, the last digits were always double zero ! The evolution can be verified as follows : glass-luer-syringe-2cc or item n° 38440 (i.e. mfd before mid 44) would become item n° 3844000 (i.e. mfd after June 44) . After WWII i.e. in 1947, the numbering system changes whereby all 7 digits now appear in three separate groups of digits, 1-3-3 hyphenated, e.g. ammonia inhalant n° 1-060-875 (this enables the collector to identify postwar medical items) (submitted by Alain Batens)

Medical Equipment of a Private

Medical Equipment of an Officer

Medical Equipment of a Non-Commissioned Officer

A Closer Look Inside a Medic's Pouch

The Geneva Convention Brassard

Application & Use of WWII Medical Items

Miscellaneous WWII Medical Kits and Related Equipment

Classification of Medical Items

United States Army General Medical Terms

The History of Dog Tag  Identification

The Real Reason for the "Notch" in the WWII Dog Tag

 

The Medical Department Geneva Convention Identification Card

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(Above document belonged to Medic Wilbur E. Moquin, and is from the collection of Kevin Molinaro)

The Geneva Convention I.D. Card above is the 1st pattern of card distributed to medical personnel in accordance with instructions of the 1929 Geneva Convention (requiring that medical and civilian protected personnel should wear the necessary ID in order to be easily recognized, as such) . This document is based on the existing War Department I.D. Card in use during WWII, however this was a threefold document, whereas the Red Cross card is only a twofold document ! The front cover is also brown with black markings, stating UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT, Coat of Arms, MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, RED CROSS, except for the No.+ digits in red, and while the back retains the same brown color, it bears Loss of this card will be reported through channels to the Force Commander without delay, Issued in accordance with Article 21, Geneva Treaty, July 27, 1929, Major General, The Adjutant General of the Army, W.D., A.G.O. Form No. 65-10, May 20, 1942, GPO 16-25005-1 and has a distinctive red cross in the middle of the cover . The double page inside folds in the middle, and contains following headings, to be filled in, i.e. Agency, First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Race, Birth Date, Color Eyes, Height, Signature of Bearer, Military Authorization-Signature, Date, Place – the rest of the page is reserved for Fingerprints-Right Hand, Thumb, Index and Middle, a B/W picture of the card bearer and reference 16-28605-1 .(submitted by Alain Batens)

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Above document belonged to Medic Jennings D. Banner, and is from the collection of Alain Batens)

This Geneva Convention I.D. Card is the 2d pattern type . It was only later introduced, in 1943 ? in 1944 ? and was not only easier to carry and handle, moreover it was coated with transparent plastic for protection . The document front is a white (or very light tan-maybe aged, that’s what I presume) with a red frame, and red headings and indications e.g. the frame bears NOT A PASS - FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY, PROPERTY OF U.S. GOV’T, LOSS OF THIS CARD MUST BE REPORTED AT ONCE and further WAR DEPARTMENT, THE ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE, WASHINGTON, D.C., the Coat of Arms, CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY TO BE ISSUED TO MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PROTECTED PERSONNEL, Name, Designation, Signature, Date Issued, Countersignee, W.D. A.G.O. 65-10 . It also holds sufficient space for a B/W picture of the card holder . The reverse side has following indications in black; Height, Weight, Hair, Eyes, Date of Birth, Fingerprints, Left Index, Right Index, Identification No. + digits, and the rest of the space is covered by a red cross over which a black text is superimposed defining the duties of the card bearer, as well as a notice covering potential loss of the card and a warning . (please note the number of digits preceded by a capital letter, reflects the same one as stamped inside the medical brassard, authorized by the Geneva Convention) .

It is estimated that approximately 830,000 cards have been ditstributed to medical personnel throughout WW2 . After the war, a new (smaller) Geneva Convention Identification Card was issued by the US Government bearing reference to the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949 .(submitted by Alain Batens)

 

The following information was submitted by Alain Batens. Alain has been collecting, researching and consulting on the subject of World War II for 44 years. I welcome his expertise and look forward to many more of his contributions to this web site.

Medical Equipment of a Private

(intended for Privates and Privates First Class)

KIT, MEDICAL, PRIVATE’S (item #97120)

(Period 1940 – 1942)

2 X Strap, Cantle Ring M-1932 (item #97065)

2 X Pouch, Canvas M-1932 (item #97085)

1 X Suspender M-1920 (item #97095)

(NOTE: since the Private wears a full kit, i.e. TWO medical pouches, he will use the Suspender to support the weight of subject pouches) The same Suspender was sometimes used by B.A.R. men in order to help support the weight of their full cartridge belt ! Being wider, it was more comfortable than the regular M-36 field suspenders

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(Individual Equipment Layout of Army Service Forces Catalog MED 3 Medical Supply Catalog 1 March, 1944)

The pouches were worn at the hips and were supported by an extra wide loadbearing suspender or harness (i.e. yoke) . Both pouches were then fastened by means of the respective hooks (1 each side, i.e. 2 per pouch) which clipped into the eyelets of the M-1936 pistol belt . The 2 cantle ring straps were just fastened to the 2 canvas pouches in order to link both . In most cases litter bearers also had 2 litter carrying straps, which were either packed in the left canvas pouch or just hooked onto the front rings of the suspender (when used, they were just passed around the litter handles and hooked, both front and rear to the suspender in order to alleviate the patient's weight) (submitted by Alain Batens)

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The medical equipment was designed for efficiency and adaptability to different conditions. Therefore each pouch had an adjustable "false bottom' that would make the pouch expandable to carry additional medical supplies. This was done by lacing up front and rear strips with eyelets, attached half way down each external surface, both front and rear (see illustration below). When lacings were removed, the size of the pouch almost doubled. (submitted by Alain Batens)

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(Diagram from Army Service Forces Catalog MED 3 Medical Supply Catalog 1 March, 1944)

The pouch illustrated on the left is an early pouch circa 1932 (expanded) where the strap is still made out of leather. The pouch illustrated on the right shows another pouch (shortened) where the leather closing strap has been replaced by web material (to avoid easy wear and tear). (submitted by Alain Batens)

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(General Medical Kit & Basic Accessories – period 1940-1942 – the parts illustrated above are from the collection of Alain Batens)

From L to R and horizontally: 1 X Litter Securing Strap, 1 X Left Canvas Pouch, 1 X Suspender, 1 X Right Canvas Pouch (please note the holder's ASN# stenciled on both pouches and suspender, i.e. in abbreviated form, first capital letter of surname, hyphen, 4 last digits of ASN#), 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X Litter Carrying Strap, 1 X Litter Carrying Strap, 1 X Geneva Convention Brassard w/Safety Pin (front & rear view). (Please note stamped capital letter + digits which should also appear on Geneva Convention ID card)

Remark: Litter Securing Strap is item #99386, Geneva Convention Brassard is item # 99135

Contents of a Private's Right Pouch (1940-42)

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(Pvte’s Medical Canvas Pouch & Related Items – period 1940-1942 – the parts illustrated above are from the collection of Alain Batens)

Right pouch – from L to R and horizontally: 12 X Plain Gauze White Bandages, 1 X Canvas Pouch + 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X Adhesive Surgical Plaster, 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins, 1 X Insert Type I w/Lace + 1 X Flask w/Cup, + 1 X Metal Container No.1 w/6 X Iodine Swabs, + 1 X Small Glass Bottle (not official), 3 X Triangular Compressed White Bandages, 1 X Bandage Scissors, 1 X Hemostatic Forceps, 1 X Double-Blunt Scissors

Missing items: Ammonia Aromatic Spirit, 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins, 1 X Enlisted Men’s Instrument Canvas Case

RIGHT Canvas Pouch contents:

1 X Insert, Type I with Lace (item #97070) with 1 X Flask with Cup + 2 Oz. Ammonia, Aromatic, Spirit (item #99250) and with 1X Container, Metal, N°1 (item #97675) containing 12 X Swab, Iodine (item #91120)

1 X Plaster, Adhesive, Surgical, 1-in x 5 yds (item #20340) on spool for fixing bandages

1 X Scissors, Bandage (item #34680)

2 X Pin, Safety, Medium (item #78780)

12 X Bandage, Gauze, Compressed, White, 3-in x 6 yds (item #92010)

3 X Bandage, Triangular, Compressed, White (item #92040)

1 X Case, Instrument, Enlisted Men’s (canvas case, item unkown) with 1 X Forceps, Hemostatic (item #32295) and 1 X Scissors, Double-Blunt (item #93690)

Contents of a Private's Right Pouch (Period 1944 – 1945)

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(Pvte’s Medical Canvas Pouch & Related Items – period 1944-1945 – the parts illustrated above are from the collection of Alain Batens)

Right pouch - from L to R and horizontally: 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins, 1 X Canvas Pouch + 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X Bandage Scissors, 1 X Metal Container No.1 w/6 Iodine Swabs, 1 X Burn-Injury Set, 1 X Adhesive Surgical Plaster, 3 X Triangular Compressed White Bandages, 1 X Adhesive White Gauze Bandage w/ 16 X Stickbands, 1 X Eye Dressing Set, 1 X Field Tourniquet

Missing Items: 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins

MODIFICATIONS

1 X Flask, with Cup          (Modification: 1944, cancelled)

1 X Container, Metal, N°1 containing 12 X Swab, Iodine   (Modification: end of 1943, contents reduced to only 6 Iodine swabs, either still included in the Metal Container, or packed in the new 1 X Box, Swab, Iodine (item #91120)

1 X Case, Instrument, Enlisted Men’s with contents      (Modification: 1944, cancelled)

1 X Set, Burn, Injury (item #91038)      (Modification: early 1944, introduced)

1 X Set, Eye, Dressing (item #91095)      (Modification: early 1944, introduced)

1 X Bandage, Gauze, Adhesive, White (item #9200000) containing 16 X Stickband, White, Sterilized, 1-in x 3-in      (Modification: Mid 1944, introduced (plse note increased number of digits, i.e. 5 > 7)

1 X Tourniquet, Field (item #93780       (Modification: 1944, introduced)

1 X Set, Eye, Dressing      (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by 1 X Set, Eye, Dressing, M-2 (item #9109510)

1 X Bandage, Gauze, Adhesive, White with 16 Stickbands  (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9200100)

1 X Tourniquet, Field  (Modification: June 1945, cancelled and replaced by 1 X Tourniquet, Elastic, Field (item #9377900)

Contents of a Private's Left Pouch (1940-42)

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(Pvte’s Medical Canvas Pouch & Related Items – period 1940-1942 – the parts illustrated are from the collection of Alain Batens)

Left Pouch - from L to R and horizontally: 8 X Small First-Aid White Dressings (different suppliers), 1 X Canvas Pouch + 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X EMT Book w/20 Tags, 1 X EMT (loose tag), 1 X Lead Pencil, 2 X Litter Carrying Straps, 1 X Geneva Convention Brassard, 1 X Geneva Convention ID Card (2nd pattern), 1 X Geneva Convention ID Document (1st pattern), 1 X Small White Towel (personal item, not official), 1 X Suspender

LEFT Canvas Pouch contents:

1 X Pencil, Lead (item #76240) usually with protector cap)

8 X Dressing, First-Aid, Small, White (item #92060)

2 X Strap, Litter, Carrying (item #97080) to help support weight of litter (with patient)

1 X Book, Emergency Medical Tags (form 52b) containing 20 identical tags

(Period 1944 – 1945)

MODIFICATIONS

8 X Dressing, First-Aid, Small, White (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9206100)

(NOTE:Those items that are not repeated throughout the listed contents REMAIN in use ! The author still misses a few Medical Item Numbers, if you think you can help, kindly forward the information to the Webmaster – any help will be appreciated – many thanks again )

 

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Miscellaneous medical equipment illustrating canvas instrument case with.different scissors, shears, forceps and Geneva Convention Brassards

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A WWII era photograph showing a group of medics wearing appropriate suspender and canvas pouches(Courtesy of Kevin Molinaro)

Medical Equipment of an Officer

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(Officer’s Medical Canvas Pouch & Related Items – period 1940-1942 – the parts illustrated above are from the collection of Alain Batens)

From L to R and horizontally: 1 X Litter Carrying Strap, 1 X Canvas Pouch (shortened version) + 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X Insert Type II w/Lace + 6 X Hard Rubber Black Vials, 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins (No.2), 1 X Hypodermic Set, 1 X Hypodermic Needle Sterilizer, 1 X Adhesive Surgical Plaster, 1 X Burn-Injury Set (newly introduced), 1 X Metal Container No.1 + 12 X Iodine Swabs, 1 X Folding Box for Tablets, 1 X Field Tourniquet, 5 X Plain Gauze Compressed White Bandages, 1 X EMT Book w/ 20 Tags, 1 X Spring Tissue Forceps, 1 X Clinical Thermometer, 1 X Bandage Scissors, 1 X Lead Pencil

Missing items: 11 X Folding Boxes for Tablets, 12 X Needles, 6 X Tubes, 1 X Medical Officer Canvas Case, 1 Metal Case for Knives w/ Contents + Needles, Suture Silk, and Operating Scissors

KIT, MEDICAL, OFFICER’S (item #97115)

(Period 1940 – 1942)

1 X Strap, Cantle Ring M-1932 (item #97065)

1 X Pouch, Canvas M-1932 (item #97085)  (remark: since the Officer only carries a SINGLE medical pouch, there is no need for the required Suspender, hence subject pouch could be worn with Strap, Litter, Carrying (item #97080), Strap, Carrying, OD, Bag, Canvas, Field (stock n° 74-S-333), or Strap, Carrying, General Purpose (stock n° 74-S-333-50)

Canvas Pouch contents :

1 X Insert, Type II with Lace (item #97075) with 6 X Vial, Hard Rubber, ½ Oz., Black (item #99615) filled with Pill, Compound, Cathartic (item #11505), Tablet, Mixture, Glycyrrhiza & Opium Compound (item #12230), Tablet, Acetophenetidin (item #10060), Tablet, Ipeca & Opium Powder or also called Dover’s Powder (item #12410), and Tablet, Quinine Sulfate (item #13900), the sixth Vial was a reserve component, and could either contain additional items (see above) or be used for preparation of hypodermic solutions by the Medical Officer

12 X Box, Tablet, Folding (item #77280) intended for packing various extra pills and/or tablets

1 X Plaster, Adhesive, Surgical, 1-in x 5 yds (item #20340) packed on spool for fixing bandages

1 X Set, Hypodermic, Complete (item #93550) with 1 X Container, Metal, No. 2 (item #97680), 1 X Syringe, Hypodermic (item unknown), 12 X Needles, Extra (item unknown), 6 X Tubes containing 20 X Tablets each of Apomorphine Hydrochloride (item #10730), Atropine Sulfate (item #10860), Cocaine Hydrochloride (item #11450), Morphine Sulfate (item #12950), Nytroglycerin (item unknown), and Strychnine Sulfate (item #14570)

1 X Sterilizer, Hypodermic, Needle (item #99515)

1 X Pencil, Lead (item #76240) usually with protector cap

1 X Pin, Safety, Medium (item #78780) either 9 or 12 safety pins, fixed on a carton

1 X Thermometer, Clinical (item #79320) protected by metal or hard rubber sleeve, sometimes with Caduceus indication

5 X Bandage, Gauze, Plain, Compressed, White, 3-in x 6 yds (item #92010)

1 X Tourniquet, Field (item #93780) usually white elastic cotton

1 X Case, Instrument, Medical Officer's (item #97050) <ith 1 X Case, Instrument, Canvas, Medical Officer (item #97051), 1 X Container, Metal, for 2 Knives (item #97052) containing 1 X BIstoury, Sharp-Pointed, Straight, 1 3/4 Oz. (item #30085), and 1 X Knife, Operating, 1 1/4 Oz. (item #33356), + add. Instruments wrapped in Canvas Case: 1 X FOrceps, Abbey, 4 3/4 Oz. (item #32288), 1 X Forceps, Hemostatic, Jones, 5-in (item #32295), 1 X Forceps, Tissue, Spring, 4 1/2 Oz. (item #32695), 1X Scissors, Operating, One Point, Sharp, 4 1/2 Oz. (item #34745), 1 X Packet, Needle, Surgeon, Regular, 3/8 Circle,Size 6 (item #33935), 1 X Packet, Needle, Surgeon, Regular, 3/8 Circle, Size 10 (item #33945), 1 X Packet, Needle, Uterine, 1/2 Circle, Size 5 (item #34011), 3 X Packet, Suture, Silk, Braided, Non-Capillary, Serum-Proof, Sterile, 3 Sizes, 00 - 1 - 3 - and 2 x 18" Lengths (item #93770) - Size 00 is item #37971, Size 1 is item #37975), and Size 3 is item #37988

1 X Container, Metal, N°1 (item #97675) containing 12 X Swab, Iodine (item #91120)

1 X Book, Emergency Medical Tags (form 52b) containing 20 identical tags

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(Officer’s Medical Kit, Item #97115 – period 1940-1945 – from the collection of Alain Batens + 3 items from the collection of Mike De Trez, via Alain Batens)

From L to R and horizontally: 1 X Insert Type II w/Lace + 3 X Hard Rubber Black Vials, 1 X Canvas Pouch + 1 X Litter Carrying Strap + 1 X Cantle Ring Strap, 1 X Folding Box for Tablets, 1 X Adhesive Plaster w/Box, 1 X Field Tourniquet, 1 X Metal Container No. 2 + Hypodermic Set w/Brown Felt Pouch, 1 X Hypodermic Needle Sterilizer, 1 X Bandage Scissors, 1 X Lead Pencil w/Eraser, 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins, 5 X Plain Gauze Compressed White Bandages, 1 X Medical Officers (Canvas) Case + 1 X Hemostatic Jones Forceps, 1 X Tissue Spring Forceps, 1 X Abbey Forceps (rest missing), 3 X Silk Braided Sutures (3 Sizes 00-1-2), 1 X Clinical Thermometer w/Protector Sleeve, 1 X Box w/5 Syrettes 1.5 cc Size - Solution of Morphine Tartrate, 1 X Metal Container No.1 w/6 Iodine Swabs, 1 X EMT Book w/20 Identical Tags, 5 X Crystalline Sulfanilamide Paper Envelopes w/Shaker Top, 3 X Sulfadiazine (Wound) Tablets, 1 X Burn Injury Set, 1 Eye Dressing Set – Missing Items: 11 X Folding Boxes for Tablets, 1 X Metal Case for 2 Knives (1 X Sharp-Pointed Straight Bistoury 1 ¾ "+ 1 X Operating Knife 1 ¼" ) + 1 X Operating Scissors One Sharp Point 4 ½ "

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(Officer’s Medical Kit, Item #97050 – period 1940-1945 – highlighting specific items pertaining to the Medical Officer’s Kit)

Description: 1 X Medical Officer’s Case, mfd by Warren Leather Goods Co., Worcester, Mass., Khaki Canvas Case (Item #97051) empty w/following Contents; 1 X Metal Container for 2 Knives (Item #97052) empty, w/1 X Bistoury, Sharp-Pointed, Straight, 1 ¾" (Item #30085) + 1 X Knife, Operating, 1 ¼ " (Item #33356), 1 X Forceps, Abbey, 4 ¾ " (Item #32288) + 1 X Forceps, Hemostatic, Jones, 5" (Item #32295) + 1 X Forceps, Tissue, Spring, 4 ½ " (Item #32695) + 1 X Scissors, Operating, One Point Sharp 4 ½" (Item #34745), 3 X Braided Silk Sutures, wrapped in Paper Envelopes, Sizes 00-1-2 containing Two 18" Strands of Each, Sterile Non-Capillary, Serum-Proof, mfd by Gudebrod Bros. Silk Co. Inc., New York-Phila (Item #93770), 1 X Packet, Needle, Surgeons, Regular, 3/8 Circle, Size 6 (Item #33935), 1 X Packet, Needle, Surgeons, Regular, 3/8 Circle, Size 10 (Item #33945), 1 X Packet, Needle, Uterine, Half Circle, Size 5 (Item #34011) – Description: 1 X Packet, Morphine Tartrate, 5 x Tubes, ½ Gr. Solution w/Sterile Needle, mfd by E.R. Squibb & Sons, New York – Manufacturers to the Medical Profession since 1858, Control 2J 47125, Yellow Box + Red Markings (Item #91155)

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(Officer’s Medical Kit, Item #97050 – period 1940-1945 – highlighting specific items pertaining to the Medical Officer’s Kit)

From L to R and horizontally: 1 X Instrument Case, Medical Officer’s (Item #97051), Khaki Canvas, mfd by Warren Leather Goods Co., Worcester, Mass., 1 X Metal Container No. 2 (Item #97680), w/Brown Felt Pouch, 1 X Loose Metal Container w/1 X Hypodermic Syringe, mfd by J.S. Klar Mfg. Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. + 2 X Needles (and space for 2 x 3 extra Needles), 1 X Envelope, Size 00-1-2, Braided Silk Sutures, containing Two 18" Strands of Each, Sterile Non-Capillary, Serum-Proof, mfd by Gudebrod Bros. Silk Co. Inc., New York-Phila, 1 X Hypodermic Needle Sterilizer (Item #99515) w/Small Container, mfd by Pioneer, New York, N.Y., 1 X Metal Container No. 1 (Item #97675) + 6 X Iodine Swabs (Item #91120), mfd by Handy Pad Supply Co., Worcester, Mass.,1 X Spool Adhesive Plaster (Item #20340), mfd by Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J. – Chicago, Ill., 1 X Forceps, Abbey, 4 ¾" (Item #32288), 1 X Forceps, Tissue, Spring, 4 ½ " (Item #32695), 1 X Forceps, Hemostatic, Jones, 5" (Item #32295), 1 X Clinical Thermometer + Black Hard Rubber Protector Sleeve (Item #79320), mfd by Taylor Bond, ref 23642L

 

(Period 1944 – 1945)

MODIFICATIONS

6 X Vial, Hard Rubber, ½ Oz., Black     (Modification: end of 1943, reduced to only 3 X Vials containing 16 X Tablet, Acetylsalicylic Acid (=Aspirine) (item #10100), and 36 X Pill, Compound, Cathartic (item #11505), the third Vial is used as a reserve component).

1 X Container, Metal, N°1      (Modification: end of 1943, contents reduced to only 6 X Iodine Swabs, either still included in the Metal Container, or packed in the new cardboard box containing 6 X Iodine Swabs (item #91120).

1 X Syringe, Hypodermic + 1 X Sterilizer, Hypodermic, Needle + all accessories   (Modification: end of 1943, cancelled and replaced by 3 X Case with 5 X Tube, Morphine Tartrate, ½ Grain Solution (item #91155).

1 X Set, Burn, Injury (item #91038) (Modification: early 1944, introduced).

1 X Set, Eye, Dressing (item #91095)    (Modification: early 1944, introduced).

3 X Case, Tablets, Sulfadiazine (item #91204) each containing 8 X Tablet, with 7.7 grains Sulfadiazine (also called Wound Tablets)         (Modification: early 1944, introduced).

1 X Packet, Sulfanilamide (item #91211) with 5 X Paper.  Envelopes, each containing 5 Grams Crystalline Sulfanilamide in Sterile, Individual, Double Wrapped Envelope with Shaker Top.  (Modification: early 1944, introduced).

1 X Scissors, Bandage (item #3468000)    (Modification: September 1944, introduced (plse note increased number of digits, i.e. 5 > 7)

1 X Set, Eye, Dressing    (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by 1 X Set, Eye Dressing, M-2 (item #9109510)

1 X Plaster, Adhesive, Surgical     (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9209000)

5 X Bandage, Gauze, Plain, Compressed, White     (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9201100).

1 X Tourniquet, Field   (Modification: June 1945, cancelled and replaced by Tourniquet, Elastic, Field (item #9377900).

 

Medical Equipment of a Non-Commissioned Officer

(intended for Corporals and Tec 5 personnel)

KIT, MEDICAL, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER’S (item #97110)

(Period 1940 – 1942)

2 X Strap, Cantle Ring M-1932 (item #97065)

2 X Pouch, Canvas M-1932 (item #97085)

1 X Suspender M-1920 (item #97095) (remark: since the Non-Commissioned Officer wears a full kit, i.e. TWO medical pouches, he will use the Suspender to support the weight of subject pouches)

RIGHT Canvas Pouch contents:

1 X Insert, Type II with Lace (item #97075) with 6 X Vial, Hard Rubber, ½ Oz., Black (item #99615) for rest   contents, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

12 X Box, Tablet, Folding (item #77280) intended for packing various extra pills and/or tablets

2 X Plaster, Adhesive, Surgical, 1-in x 5 yds (item #20340) packed on spool for fixing bandages

1 X Set, Hypodermic, Complete (item #93550) for contents, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

1 X Sterilizer, Hypodermic, Needle (item #99515)

1 X Pencil, Lead (item #76240) usually with protector cap

1 X Pin, Safety, Medium (item #78780) either 9 or 12 safety pins, fixed on carton

1 X Pin, Safety, Large (item #78770) 12 safety pins, fixed on carton

1 X Thermometer, Clinical (item #79320) for remark, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

1 X Case, Instrument, Medical Officer’s (item #97050) for contents, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

1 X Container, Metal, N°1 (item #97675) for contents, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

1 X Book, Emergency Medical Tags (form 52b) containing 20 identical tags

2 X Strap, Litter, Carrying (item #97080) to help support weight of litter (with patient)

(Period 1944 – 1945)

MODIFICATIONS

6 X Vial, Hard Rubber, ½ Oz., Black    (Modification:end of 1943, reduced to only 3 Vials, for contents of vials, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

12 X Box, Tablet, Folding    (Modification: early 1944, cancelled)

1 X Syringe, Hypodermic + 1 X Sterilizer, Hypodermic, Needle + all accessories   (Modification: end of 1943, cancelled and replaced by 2 X Case with 5 X Tube, Morphine Tartrate, ½ Grain Solution (item #91155)

1 X Case, Instrument, Medical Officer’s   (Modification: early 1944, cancelled)

1 X Container, Metal, N°1    (Modification: end of 1943, cancelled and replaced by 1 X Box, containing 6 X Iodine Swabs (item #91120)

1 X Set, Burn, Injury (item 91038)    (Modification: early 1944, introduced)

1 X Set, Eye, Dressing (item #91095)    (Modification: early 1944, introduced)

3 X Case, Tablets, Sulfadiazine (item #91204)   (Modification: early 1944, introduced, for contents, please revert to Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

1 X Bandage, Gauze, Adhesive, White (item #9200000) containing 16 X Stickband, White, Sterilized, 1-in x 3 in.     (Modification: mid 1944, introduced (plse note increased number of digits, i.e. 5 > 7)

1 X Tourniquet, Field (item #93780)      (Modification: early 1944, introduced)

1 X Scissors, Bandage (item #3468000)      (Modification: September 1944, introduced (plse note increased number of digits, i.e. 5 > 7)

2 X Plaster, Adhesive, Surgical       (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9209000)

1 X Set, Eye, Dressing        (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by 1 X Set, Eye, Dressing, M-2 (item #9109510)

1 X Bandage, Gauze, Adhesive, White, with 16 Stickbands  (Modifications: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9200100)

1 X Tourniquet, Field    (Modifications: June 1945, cancelled and replaced by 1 X Tourniquet, Elastic, Field (item #9377900)

1 X Box, Swab, Iodine     (Modification: February 1945, increased to 2 X Box, Swab, Iodine (item #9112000)

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(NCO’s Medical Canvas Pouch & Related Items – period 1940-1942 – the parts illustrated above are from the collection of Alain Batens)

Right pouch – from L to R and horizontally: 1 X Canvas Pouch, 1 X Insert Type II w/ Lace + 6 X Hard Rubber Black Vials, 1 X Folding Box for Tablets, 2 X Adhesive Surgical Plasters, 1 X Hypodermic Set, 1 X Hypodermic Needle Sterilizer, 1 X Lead Pencil, 1 X Clinical Thermometer, 1 X Carton Large Safety Pins (No.3), 1 X Carton Medium Safety Pins (No.2), 1 X Metal Container No.1 + 12 X Iodine Swabs, 1 X EMT Book w/ 20 Tags (w/o Cover), 2 X Litter Carrying Straps

Missing items: 11 X Folding Boxes for Tablets, 12 X Needles, 6 X Tubes, 1 X Medical Officer Canvas Case, 1 X Metal Case for Knives w/ Contents + Needles, Suture Silk, and Operating Scissors

 

(Period 1940 – 1942)

LEFT Canvas Pouch contents:

4 X Cotton, Absorbent, Compressed (item #20130)

4 X Packet, Gauze, Plain, Sterilized, 36-in x 36-in (item #20240)

8 X Bandage, Gauze, Compressed, White, 3-in x 6 yds (item #92010)

4 X Bandage, Triangular, Compressed, White (item #92040)

(Period 1944 – 1945)

MODIFICATIONS

8 X Bandage, Gauze, Compressed, White      (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9201100)

4 X Bandage, Triangular, Compressed, White    (Modification: February 1945, cancelled and replaced by Field Brown colored material (item #9204100)

NOTE: Those items that are not repeated throughout the listed contents REMAIN in use.  This also applies to the Kit, Medical, Officer’s (item #97115)

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(NCO’s Medical Canvas Pouch & Related Items – period 1940-1942 – the parts illustrated above are from the collection of Alain Batens)

Left pouch – from L to R and horizontally: 4 X Plain Sterilized Gauze Packets, 4 X Compressed Absorbent Cottons, 1 X Canvas Pouch, 8 X Plain Gauze Compressed White Bandages, 4 X Triangular Compressed White Bandages, 1 X Small White Towel (personal item, not official)

Application & Use of WWII Medical Items

(Submitted by Alain Batens)

AMMONIA, AROMATIC, SPIRIT          (for fainting, hold near patient’s nose)

SWAB, IODINE    (for sterilization of skin around wound – do not apply to wound itself – just cover edges of wound & surrounding skin only)

PLASTER, ADHESIVE, SURGICAL  (for holding and/or fixing dressings)

SCISSORS, BANDAGE           (for cutting bandages, removing clothes, & other emergency needs)

PIN, SAFETY        (for fastening dressings & slings)

BANDAGE, GAUZE, COMPRESSED, WHITE  (for dressing small wounds)

BANDAGE, GAUZE, TRIANGULAR, COMPRESSED   (for making slings & for bandaging wounds or injuries requiring a large dressing)

FORCEPS, HEMOSTATIC  (for grasping or extracting tiny parts from wound)

SCISSORS, DOUBLE-BLUNT (for cutting small bandages, with rounded edge, to avoid harming patient or affecting wound)

SET, BURN, INJURY  (with ointment for spreading evenly over burned surface or onto dressing to be applied to wound)

SET, EYE, DRESSING (with ointment to help solve eye discomfort, for applying to inner surface of lower eye lid, do not rub the eye)

BANDAGE, GAUZE, ADHESIVE, WHITE (for quick dressing of small cuts, scratches or blisters)

TOURNIQUET, FIELD (for stopping hemorrhage and/or severe bleeding, loosen at least every 20 or 30 minutes)

PENCIL, LEAD (for filling-in emergency medical tag)

DRESSING, FIRST-AID, SMALL, WHITE (for dressing small and/or medium sized wounds)

STRAP, LITTER, CARRYING (for helping support weight of litter with patient)

BOOK, EMT (Emergency Medical Tags) (for fixing to patient’s clothing, usually over breast, or as near as possible, with full data covering identity, arm or service, full diagnosis, as well as treatment given to patient)

INSERT, CANVAS   (with lace for fixing inside canvas pouch, holding specific medical items, either with 3 compartments, or with 6 loops, for contents please revert to listing of individual medical kits (Officer’s, NCO’s, Pvte’s)

VIAL, HARD RUBBER, ½ OZ., BLACK (for holding pills and/or tablets, or hypodermic solutions)

PILL, COMPOUND, CATHARTIC (for use as a laxative, take one or two tablets at night, if constipated)

TABLET, MIXTURE, GLYCYRRHIZA & OPIUM COMPOUND (for use against mucus secretion)

TABLET, ACETOPHENETIDIN  (for relieving pain, used as an analgesic)

TABLET, IPECA & OPIUM POWDER (for activating transpiration, used as a tranquilizer and/or sedative)

TABLET, QUININE, SULFATE (for prevention of fever and malaria)

BOX, TABLET, FOLDING (for packing additional pills and/or tablets, if necessary)

SYRINGE, HYPODERMIC  (for drawing in or ejecting liquid under the skin)

NEEDLE, SYRINGE   (hollow part pertaining to hypodermic syringe)

APOMORPHINE, HYDROCHLORIDE (emetic, for helping to vomit)

ATROPINE, SULFATE   (cardiac & respiratory stimulant)

COCAINE, HYDROCHLORIDE  (for local anesthesia)

MORPHINE, SULFATE  (analgesic, for relieving pain and inducing sleep)

NYTROGLYCERIN (dilating agent)

STRYCHNINE, SULFATE (respiratory & circulatory stimulant)

STERILIZER, HYPODERMIC, NEEDLE (with small container, for sterilizing needles of hypodermic syringe)

THERMOMETER, CLINICAL  (for measuring body temperature)

BISTOURY, SHARP-POINTED, STRAIGHT    (surgical knife, used for operating)

KNIFE, OPERATING    (surgical knife, used for operating)

FORCEPS, ABBEY    (artery pincers and needle support, used during surgery)

FORCEPS, HEMOSTATIC, JONES    (hemostatic pincers, for stopping hemorrhage)

FORCEPS, TISSUE, SPRING   (for removing tissues, or cellular substances)

PACKET, NEEDLE, SURGEON, REGULAR   (surgical needles, used for stitching and sewing wound)

PACKET, NEEDLE, UTERINE   (surgical needles, used for sewing uterine wounds)

SCISSORS, OPERATING, ONE POINT, SHARP   (surgical instrument, used during operating)

PACKET, SUTURE, SILK, BRAIDED     (for sewing together of a wound)

MORPHINE, TARTRATE, SYRETTE, ½ GRAIN     (for relief of severe pain, full effects are not felt for 20 to 30 minutes after injection, do not give a second injection sooner than 2 hours after the first, never give a second dose to a patient who is breathing 12 or less times a minute & never give morphine to an unconscious person)

TABLET, SULFADIAZINE   (for prevention of wound infection, take by mouth followed by a large amount of water)

PACKET, SULFANILAMIDE   (for prevention of wound infection, sprinkle contents into wound)

COTTON, ABSORBENT, COMPRESSED    (for plugging ear canals and protecting eardrums)

PACKET, GAUZE, PLAIN, STERILIZED     (for dressing small wounds)

Sources: FM 8-35 Transportation of The Sick And Wounded February 21, 1941, FM 8-50 Bandaging And Splinting 15 January 1944, TM 8-220 Medical Department Soldier’s Handbook March 5, 1941, FM 10-63 Graves Registration 15 January 1945, FM 21-10 Military Sanitation and First Aid July 31, 1940, FM 21-11 First Aid For Soldiers April 7, 1943, FM 21-100 Soldier’s Handbook July 23, 1941, E.M.T. Form 52b, Medical Department, U.S.A. (revised October 25, 1940), E.M.T. Form 52b, Medical Department (revised November 5, 1942), Army Regulations AR 40-1025 (most documents belong to the author’s personal collection)

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