1944. Saint Lô, a thriving market town, population 11,000… The night of 6 June and for a week, U.S. bombs fall with no warning and flatten 9 out of 10 buildings, including the hospital. Many are buried alive. Inhabitants make their way out of town towards farms, some preferring to sleep in ditches. Temporary medical centers are set up in granaries, stables, living-rooms. Houses are turned into clinics where rudimentary operations are performed. In August, inhabitants begin trickling back into Saint Lô. Farmers begin setting up stalls in the ruins to sell fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Bakers begin to bake again. The provisional town council starts to clear the rubble, bury the dead and carry in barrels of drinking water from the countryside. Inhabitants live under broken walls or in cellars that have to be emptied with buckets several times a night. Mud is everywhere.
Meanwhile, the Irish Red Cross has contacted the French Red Cross to offer a 100-bed mobile hospital, fully self-sufficient and capable of operation anywhere it might be needed.
Saint Lô is chosen.
An entire shipload of medical equipment, including pharmaceutical products, surgical instruments, bed linen and even shoes, light bulbs, four crates of kitchenware, a ton of jam and marmalade, ambulances, 2 lorries, 2 generators and a fumigator, left Dublin for Cherbourg on 14 July 1945.
This is followed by a team, from all parts of Ireland, of 35 nurses, doctors, administrators and maintenance personnel (among whom Samuel Beckett, translator and store-keeper at the hospital).
Phyllis Gaffney's book tells the story of the Irish Red Cross Hospital in Saint-Lô.
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