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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

1 CCS Becomes Fully Mobile

1 CCS Becomes Fully Mobile

In September arrangements were made to draw extra vehicles and equipment to make the CCS fully mobile. The unit had been authorised to adopt the establishment of a mobile CCS on 18 July 1942, but only the light section was ‘placed on wheels’ at that time. In the advance to Tunisia the heavy section had to rely on RASC trucks. The advantages of self-contained mobility were very definite, especially as the New Zealand Division had become such a mobile force and was therefore liable to be called upon for rapid moves. The CCS had long since proved itself as a most valuable link in the chain of medical units, and its increased mobility was an important factor in the speedy set-up of a complete New Zealand chain of medical evacuation in the Italian campaigns. On 8 October page 494 there was a change of commanding officers when, prior to returning to New Zealand, Lieutenant-Colonel Hunter handed over to Lieutenant-Colonel E. L. Button.