What happened if you were wounded?

Huge numbers of soldiers were wounded – about 200,000 on each side, including casualties from serious illness or disease. With numbers like this it’s easy to lose sight of the individuals, but every one meant pain, suffering and stress. What happened to you if you were unlucky enough to be wounded?

Here military historian and battlefield guide Keith Dolan gives us an idea of what was involved for the Allied soldiers.

 

A Turkish nurse tends to a wounded soldier at Gallipoli

A Turkish nurse tends to a wounded soldier at Gallipoli (Wikipedia)

For the Turks, it was slightly easier to evacuate their wounded because the soldiers could be moved back inland, where there was more room for proper military hospitals. Many of the casualties were sent to Istanbul. On the other hand the roads were bad and the wounded had to be transported on carts; also medical equipment was poor. The Turks lost more soldiers – killed and wounded – than the Allies.