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Fm_8-55_medical Field Manual_reference Data_march 5, 1941

Fm_8-55_medical Field Manual_reference Data_march 5, 1941

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The purpose of this manual is
to furnish to medical officers a compact source of information
bearing upon the military aspects of their profession.This manual includes the logistical data required for the
movement of medical units and for the evacuation of the sick
and injured; experience tables to serve as points of departure
in medical planning; medical plans and orders; command
and staff relationship.
Military technique is an art rather
than a science. The many imponderables present in military
situations make precise measurements impossible. Certain
yardsticks are, of course, essential in planning; but it is dangerous
to rely with complete confidence upon an average experience
in each special situation. The data contained herein
are to be regarded as general guides rather than as authoritative
predictions applicable to every situation. To them
must be applied as factors the special conditions obtaining
in each situation. For example, it will be found in paragraph
35 that the average rate of march of foot troops during day-
Iight hours is 21/2 miles per hour, and that an average day's
march for a unit as large as a division is 12 to 15 miles for
foot marches. Yet, upon many occasions in war, foot troops
have materially exceeded this rate; and, upon more than one
occasion, large units have marched 35 miles or more in 1
day and subsequently engaged immediately in severe combat.
b. For military symbols for medical units, see BM 21-30.

The purpose of this manual is
to furnish to medical officers a compact source of information
bearing upon the military aspects of their profession.This manual includes the logistical data required for the
movement of medical units and for the evacuation of the sick
and injured; experience tables to serve as points of departure
in medical planning; medical plans and orders; command
and staff relationship.
Military technique is an art rather
than a science. The many imponderables present in military
situations make precise measurements impossible. Certain
yardsticks are, of course, essential in planning; but it is dangerous
to rely with complete confidence upon an average experience
in each special situation. The data contained herein
are to be regarded as general guides rather than as authoritative
predictions applicable to every situation. To them
must be applied as factors the special conditions obtaining
in each situation. For example, it will be found in paragraph
35 that the average rate of march of foot troops during day-
Iight hours is 21/2 miles per hour, and that an average day's
march for a unit as large as a division is 12 to 15 miles for
foot marches. Yet, upon many occasions in war, foot troops
have materially exceeded this rate; and, upon more than one
occasion, large units have marched 35 miles or more in 1
day and subsequently engaged immediately in severe combat.
b. For military symbols for medical units, see BM 21-30.

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FM
8-55
WAR
DEPARTMENT
MEDICAL
FIELD
MANUAL
.14
REFERENCE
DATA
March
5,
1941
 
FM
8-55
MEDICAL
FIELD
MANUAL
REFERENCE
DATA
Preparedunder
direction
of
The
Surgeon
General
UNITED
STATES
GOVERNMENT
PRINTINGOFFICEWASHINGTON:
1941
Por
sale
by
the
Superintendent
ofDoeuments,
Washington,
D.
C.
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Priee
10
eeita
 
WAR
DEPARTMENT,
WASHINGTON,
March
5, 1941.
EM 8-55,
MedicalField
Manual,Reference
Data,
is
pub-
lished
for
the
informationand
guidance
of
allconcerned.
[A.
G.
062.11
(8-10-40).]
BY
ORDER
OF
THE
SECRETARY
OF
WAR:
G.
C.
MARSHALL,
Chief
of
Staff.
OFFICIAL:
E.
S.
ADAMS,
Major
General,
The
Adjutant
General.
DISTRIBUTION:
D
(3),
8
(10);B
(2),
8
(10);
R
(3),
8
(5); Bn
8
(3);
C8
(5).

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