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Het slagveld. Gravure , 1784. Nicolas Guerard 97 Champ de Bataille Après le Combat, engraving, 1695. Nicolas Guérard (1648 -1719). While the battle is fiercely going on, in the background soldiers take care of wounded comrades, a priest is giving blessings to the dying. In the foreground the equipment of a dead soldier is secured. | Private collection French care of the wounded The French were victorious in Lafelt on 2 July 1747. At the brought in from the battlefield. From that day on, sick officers same time they were faced with the problem of around six were taken to Sint-Truiden and in the following days and weeks thousand wounded French troops and 3,500 wounded allied French victims of the battle arrived in hospitals in Leuven, troops, most of which probably remained in the battlefield. As Ghent, Bergen, Brussels and Doornik. was customary in those days, the surgeons of the regiment tried During and after the siege of Maastricht in 1748 to tend first of all to their own wounded troops as much as several buildings in Tongeren were put to use as French possible in tents, houses, barns or other buildings in the area. hospitals, as was a farm at Veldwezelt. After the fortress was An English mobile hospital in the battlefield was captured by captured the French claimed the use of the garrison hospital in the French. On 5 July it was taken to Maastricht with all the the monastery of the friars minor for their own sick and wounded in it and exchanged for French wounded troops which wounded. had been captured by the allies. On 2 July, the French had taken some of their wounded to the nearby town of Tongeren, but on 3 July they were still tending wounded troops on the battlefield, for on that day thirty barrels of water were ordered to be brought in from Tongeren for that purpose. Tongeren was flooded with sick and wounded French soldiers who even on 4 July were being


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