The Original M*A*S*H

Mobile hospitals had a vital role to play in treating the sick and wounded during World War One. Tim Gosling looks at their development

Most readers will, I am sure, be familiar with the TV Series MASH which portrays the story of the fictitious 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. The origin of the MASH actually goes back to World War One, but at that stage they were known as just a mobile hospital or mobile surgical units and could be found as part of a larger unit known as the divisional sanitary train.

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