The railway network was used to transport not just goods, weapons and ammunition, but also sick and wounded soldiers. Hospital barracks were often built near railway stations where soldiers from the front could be brought and treated. In this picture is a ‘sick sorting post’ in Pradl near Innsbruck. The incoming soldiers from the Italian Front were ‘sorted’ here after their injury or illness. After that they were assigned to the appropriate hospital or facility to enable rapid treatment and to make them ready for battle again as soon as possible.
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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- David Stevenson
- The war machine
With focus on shipping, rail, road and manpower, Professor David Stevenson explores the logistics behind the management and supply of army resources in World War One and considers what impact this had on the war’s outcome.