Canvas and leather first aid case, Germany, 1914-1918
Filled with bandages and wooden splints, this canvas and leather first aid case was used by the German Army during the First World War. Splints were mainly used to stabilise broken bones in the arms and legs, keeping them rigid until further medical treatment was available. Written in German, the label on the inside details the contents of the case.
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