This film is an English language version of a captured German film that describes the uses of paper products by the Finnish armed forces in protecting their wounded from freezing during initial treatment and evacuation. Paper proved to be good protection against wind and cold, it was inexpensive, fairly strong, and it could be used repeatedly. The film consists of footage of troops dressed in white cold-weather gear fighting in snow-covered terrain and of corpsmen caring for the wounded and demonstrating the uses of paper products. Evacuation sleds with sides made partially of cardboard are shown. Corpsmen drive the horse-drawn sleds to an area just behind a fighting front. From there, troops on skis pull a canoe-like sled to the front to evacuate the wounded back to the horse-drawn sleds. Two corpsmen come upon a wounded soldier. One treats his wound, the other lines the canoe-sled with kraft paper and tar paper. The wounded man is loaded onto the sled, wrapped in a blanket and further wrapped and insulated with the craft and tar papaers. One skier is attached by a harness and line to the sled, the other holds onto a strap and between them they pull the casualty rearward. From there, the man is further evacuated by horse-drawn sled ambulance after having one or two more blankets of crepe paper put around him. Other uses of paper are shown in footage of the following: craft paper bags put over dressed wounds in the field; crepe paper used as a sling; corpsmen making a stretcher of craft paper, skis, and ski poles. Also shown are the exterior and interior of a medical service tent and the uses of paper in the medical service tent, including as sponges, as warming dressings over plaster casts, over dressings to prevent bleeding through and then freezing, as sleeping bag-type evacuation sacks, and in the construction of temporary stretchers and beds.
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Black and white
Received: Aug. 1, 1955 as a donation from the U.S. Army.