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Military and Wartime2084 of 3730WW1 Trench ArtBritish WW11/Korea nurse/medic
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British WW11 Medical Officer steel helmet. They were qualified Doctors and were often treating troops at or near the front line. The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army's essential Army Medical Services.

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, were these M.O.'s ever regarded by the enemy as combatants, or did they enjoy the same privileges as the Red Cross personnel, please? How about the Veterinary Corps? Please pardon my ignorance. Thank you.
  2. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking mrmajestic1, and as a part answer to your question miKKoChristmas11, the RAMC does not carry a Regimental Colour or Queen's Colour, although it has a Regimental Flag. Nor does it have battle honours, as elements of the corps have been present in almost every single war the army has fought. Because it is not a fighting arm, under the Geneva Conventions, members of the RAMC may only use their weapons for self-defence. For this reason, there are two traditions that the RAMC perform when on parade:
    Officers do not draw their swords - instead they hold their scabbard with their left hand while saluting with their right.
    Other Ranks do not fix bayonets.
    Unlike medical officers in some other countries, medical officers in the RAMC (and the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force) do not use the "Dr" prefix, but only their rank, although they may be addressed informally as "Doctor".
    Whether the enemy respected the non combatant role these men played is another matter entirely !
  3. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Most service personnel, or ex-service I know, still say they are going to see the MO when referring to going to the doctor
  4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, kindly sir! Most interesting!!!

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