Base Hospital 31 Glass Slides

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Base Hospital 31 Glass Slides

 

Base Hospital 31 was established, furnished, and staffed by citizens of Youngstown in Contrexeville, France during World War I. The unit consisted of 50 officers, 50 nurses, and 250 enlisted men. They arrived in France on December 26, 1917. Contrexeville is a resort town in the Vosges Mountains. During World War I, its hotels were converted into hospitals. Base Hospital 31 was one of four hospitals in the town. During the 11 months that the hospital was in operation they treated many wounded Allied soldiers from the Eastern front. The group of eight hotels created x-ray facilities, operating rooms, a laboratory, sterilization room, as well as many wards and living quarters for the staff. The hospital was closed on February 3, 1919 and the unit sailed for home on April 19, 1919. These photographs were taken by one of the officers in the unit and developed on glass slides. The slides are now part of the archival collection at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

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