Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Patients' huts, Base Hospital 21, Rouen, France
Germany began air raids in France during the last months of the war. Though the personnel of Base Hospital 21 were “treated” every moonlit night to the sound of anti-aircraft guns and the whir of falling bombs, none of the bombs fell closer than about a mile from the hospital. In June 1918 the unit surrounded the patients’ huts with sandbags to offer some protection during air raids.