The aim of the medical care given to wounded and sick soldiers near the front was to make them well enough to return to battle as soon as possible. In this picture we can see a soldier whose elbow injury is being treated. In the background is a nurse in a white uniform. Women as nurses and medical orderlies represented an ideal of care in World War One. They were an important emotional bridge to home.
This photograph is from the collection of the Imperial and Royal War Press Bureau. The bureau was the propaganda department of the Austro-Hungarian army. This unique collection contains pictures of the war at the eastern and southeastern fronts, the back country and from all areas of the monarchy.
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- Susan Grayzel
Professor Susan R Grayzel studies the range of roles women carried out in World War One within domestic labour, waged industrial labour, and military nursing and doctoring.