24th Canadian Field Ambulance
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Report on Operations
23 April 1945
This page contains an excerpt from the Report on Operations
of the 24th Canadian Field Ambulance of the Royal Canadian Army
Medical Corps for the period 1945 March 25 to April 18.
Material not relevant to the battle of Otterloo
has been omitted.
Minor spelling and punctuation errors have been corrected and
large numbers of abbreviations and acronyms have been
The convention of using full capital letters for place names has not
been followed here.
This report was signed by Major W.M.G. Wilson, the acting commanding
officer of the unit.
This transcription was made from a photograph of the original
report located at Library and Archives Canada and contained
in box 10941 of record group 24.
Special Incidents or Problems
The period is noteworthy for the
battle of Otterloo on the night of
The advanced dressing station was open in Otterloo and was cut
off for nearly seven hours.
Despite the fact that the battle raged around the very doors
at times, the unit functioned efficiently and casualties were
admitted, treated, and evacuated without any serious delays.
Casualties reached surgery in Arnhem in almost record time and in
correspondingly good condition, due to reaching the advanced
dressing station within a few minutes of wounding.
No special problem was encountered during the period.
Lessons learned during the period include the necessity
for alertness against attack at all times and for a definite
plan of defence in each location.
This should include liaison with nearby units to prepare
a co-ordinated plan.
The importance of each man and non-commissioned officer
knowing his job was borne out as was the value of training and
Most of the unit's efficiency during this hazardous and
most unusual period was due to good work by old-timer
non-commissioned officers and men.
fitted for stretchers at the
again proved their worth.
The regimental aid posts which evacuated most of the casualties
to the advanced dressing station had three and, but for these,
wounded personnel would almost certainly have been
re-wounded during the trip.
No other suggestions regarding equipment or supplies et cetera
are made as, once again, these proved adequate.