War Diaries Talk


  • erik.schaubroeckscarlet.be by erik.schaubroeckscarlet.be

    A soldier was wounded by a shrapnel of a Trench but remained in the Bn after being inocculated. What kind of inocculation would that be? It can't be tetanus because that vaccine only exsists since 1927.


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    They did have anti-tetanus serum, Erik, so it might have been that. As I understand it, it wasn't a preventative vaccination, but was administered after the damage was done.


  • David_Underdown by David_Underdown moderator

    I think there might have been an injection against gas gangrene too


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    It probably was for tetanus. During World War I, wounded soldiers on both sides of the Western Front were given an injection of an anti-tetanus serum after unprecedented numbers of wounded men developed tetanus in September and October, 1914. This anti-toxin was not the same as the modern vaccine. The serum gave protection for only 7 to 10 days, and severely wounded men were sometimes given multiple injections while they recovered. This article https://pure.knaw.nl/ws/files/479886/Van_Bergen_-_Prevention_of_tetanus_during_the_First_World_War.pdf explains it in more detail.

    I was amused to see that the song on page 1, right-hand column, exactly describes your man's experience!


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Gas Gangrene in the First World War

    There is an article about this with photographs. Link. http://www.kumc.edu/wwi/index-of-essays/gas-gangrene.html

    Also an article on treatment Link: https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1DSGL_enGB426GB426&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=gas+gangrene+treatment