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D-Day on Board a Tank Landing Ship: Meat, Cheese and Blood Transfusion
  1. Mr Andreas K Demetriades, MBBChir, M.Phil, MRCS, Specialist Registrar in the South Thames Training Programme1,2,
  2. M C Gavalas1 and
  3. J Ryan1
  1. 1Department of Accident and Emergency, University College London Hospital, London NW1 2BU
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex RH16 4EX
  1. 8 Brantwood Close, West Byfleet, Surrey KT14 6BN, United Kingdom 00447941 176 016 andreas.demetriades{at}


Tank Landing Ships were used as evacuation station hospitals during D-Day of World War Two. This historical vignette describes how difficulties were overcome in blood transfusion and trauma surgery aboard these ships. Their place in the evacuation chain is discussed in relation to previous experiences in military medicine.

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