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The history of ambulances and the various organisations and services that have been responsible for them has been sadly neglected. This book presents not only a fascinating history of the development of the ambulance from hand litters and bicycle ambulances to the advanced paramedic units of the 1990's, but also the continual changes in the responsibility for the ambulance service in Britain. The two world wars had a profound influence on ambulance development; not only were the vehicles themselves improved but there were advances in the treatment and care of the injured and women gained the opportunity of serving as ambulance crews. The chasis manufacturers such as Ford, Daimler, Morris, Austin and Bedford will be well-known to those interested in motoring history but the ambulance bodybuilders such as Pilcher Green, Herbert Lomas, Wadham Stringer, Barker and Hooper may be less familiar. This book includes details of ambulance livery and points out that not all ambulances have been white and that relatively few have carried the red cross.Chris Batten. A Land- Rover Series II military ambulance in service with the Territorial Army in 1989. chers and was produced by Spurling Motor Bodies Ltd of Dagenham, Mulliners Ltd of Birmingham and Duple Motor Bodies of Hendon.

Author:Chris Batten
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 1996


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