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With the Aid of the Red Cross

Veterans returning in wheelchairs and with missing limbs gave Australians at home their first sight of the true cost of modern warfare.

Year:1916

Location:Australia

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With the Aid of the Red Cross

Veterans returning in wheelchairs and with missing limbs gave Australians at home their first sight of the true cost of modern warfare.


Year: 1916

Length: 2:12

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: NFSA title: 14050


Location: Australia

Tags: Red Cross, newsreel, hospitals, rehabilitation

Subject: Red Cross, newsreel, hospitals, rehabilitation


As thousands of wounded and shell-shocked soldiers returned from the battlefields, hospitals and rehabilitation centres for them were set up all over Australia.

The Australian Red Cross, formed in 1914, took a leading role in caring for returned servicemen. This 1916 newsreel shows the Red Cross nurses distributing tobacco to ex-servicemen, including one with a heavily bandaged face, one in a hand-cranked wheelchair, and another in an adapted bed-wheelchair. Two amputees are then issued with artificial limbs. These look primitive by modern standards but at the time they were at the leading edge of medical technology.

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With the Aid of the Red Cross

  • Australia

  • 0:00

    Soldiers receiving good from Red Cross tables

  • 0:32

    A soldier with crutches receives a prosthetic leg

  • 1:25

    A soldier tests his prosthetic arm and hand