Saving lives on the front line

  • 13 October 2012
  • From the section Health

For wounded World War I soldiers, treatment in the trenches could mean just being offered a hot drink and a lie-down. Getting back home to a military hospital often took weeks. In 2012, for hurt troops in Afghanistan, up-to-date specialist help can be at hand within minutes - with the journey back to the UK over in a matter of hours.

In a new exhibition - Saving Lives: Front-line Medicine in a Century of Conflict - Imperial War Museum North examines how, over the past 100 years, medical treatments have improved for servicemen and women facing danger. Take a look with curator Matt Brosnan.

Saving Lives: Front-line Medicine in a Century of Conflict can be seen at IWM North, Greater Manchester, until 1 September 2013.

Includes Imperial War Museum archive audio of medics and soldiers from World War I, World War II and Afghanistan. Click bottom right for information.

Music by KPM Music. All images subject to copyright. Images courtesy Imperial War Museum, Getty Images and PA.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 12 October 2012.


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