Packet of two field dressings, London, England, 1940
Soldiers of nearly all the nations involved in the First World War would be expected to carry a so-called First Field Dressing, or an equivalent. This was a basic emergency kit containing a length of gauze, a small bandage pad, a safety pin and an ampoule of iodine (later replaced by a mild antiseptic). It was intended to provide immediate first aid
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Glossary: field dressing
A type of bandage carried by soldiers for immediate use in case of wounds.