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"German Swamp Stretcher" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A short U.S. intelligence report on a German stretcher for use in swampy terrain during WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 39, December 2, 1943.

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To move sick and wounded through the almost impassable marshlands of the Kuban front, the Germans adapted the Finnish plywood "akja" sled (see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 19, p. 28) as shown in the accompanying illustration. In a terrain where to attempt to carry wounded in an ordinary stretcher would have been exhausting to the point of impracticability, this sled provided an easily-handled and reasonably-comfortable vehicle. At a later stage, the patients were moved in shoal-draft, outboard-motor skiffs.

[WWII German Swamp Stretcher (Finnish plywood akja sled)]


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