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Christmas dinner in a World War I base hospital. Patients are eating Christmas dinner in the surgical ward of US Army base hospital number 9 in Chateauroux, France. When the USA joined the First World War in 1917, they had to rapidly assemble military medical facilities and structures after realising that their previous system of relying on civilian doctors was inadequate.
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