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65 1914 The Red Crosshospital. AMaastricht took the precautionary measure of sick soldiers from the Maastricht garrison. On that very day theas possible. The coal mines at Heerlen provided materials for anoperating theatre. On 4 August, the first patients arrived: threefter the general mobilization in the Netherlands,which started 31 July, 1914, the Red Cross in setting up a temporary hospital in the Augustijnenkerk. Germans invaded Belgium and a fierce battle ensued for the Three local doctors were instructed to get everything ready. forts of Luik. A day later, a German military doctor in the In the afternoon of 2 August, the hospital, which had sixty vicinity of Eijsden asked for assistance; in a school in the village beds, was inaugurated in a ceremony that included a speech of of Berneau fifty severely wounded people were lying on straw the commander of the garrison. In order to be prepared for the without any help. A column from the Maastricht Red Cross set worst, the town bought as many bandages and dressing material out with cars provided by private persons. The wounded in


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