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Handmade sign on A4 board erected by the Field Surgical Team on arriving at Mairie de Ver-sur-Mer. Printed header reads 'Mairie de Ver-Sur-Mer'. Handwritten script reads 'La mairie est fermee'. In smaller letters below reads '"D" Day, 6th June 1944 - "H" Hour 07.25. H+06.00 arrival of 111 Field Surgical Team, attached to 32 F.D.S., Major J. Clay, RAMC, OC.' Includes signatures and rank of D.W. Montgomery, J.A.G. Horton, Anthony Cottrell, John P. O'Keefe, D. Harries, H. Crilly.


Record of surgical operations performed by D.W. Montgomery in Ver-Sur-Mer immediately following the D-Day landings at Normandy. Log book contains details of 244 patients treated by Montgomery during the period spanning 6 June 1944 to 20 August 1944. Recorded information includes: army number, rank or rating, patient name, disease or injury, date of operation, description of operation, surgeon name, anaesthetic and amount used, anesthetist name, duration in minutes of anaesthetic and operation, result (including complications, pathological findings etc., date of discharge, and, in fatal cases, cause of death).


Phototype image showing a general view of the town of Ver-sur-Mer from the beach. Depicts women and children alongside water in foreground.


Typescript report providing an account of D.W. Montgomery's experience as Surgeon in charge of a Field Surgical Team which landed on Normandy beach early on D-Day. Includes details of training preparations, working conditions, nature of injuries sustained in battle and operations performed, drugs used (penicillin and 'Sulfa' drugs) and resources available. Also includes a brief summary of the six cases on which Montgomery operated who died, and a comment on post-operative death rates more generally. Concludes with a summary of 240 major operations performed June-August 1944 arranged according to nature and location of injury: head, chest, abdomen, fractures, joints, soft tissue wounds, burns, nerve injuries, arterial injuries, eye injuries, and miscellaneous (perilunar dislocation and 'burst' abdomen).


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