Mountainous Operational places – Surgeon’s Quarters

“They were first aid stations for the Greek soldiers wounded on the front. Many lives were saved thanks to the prompt treatment and care. The doctors’ contribution and plight was significant. For most historians they are unsung heroes. For the benefited ones their presence was invaluable.

Stretcher-bearers or various animals transported the wounded there; women who had carried supplies and ammunition, on their way back they would transport several of the wounded too.

Many of these first aid stations were inside caves, that’s why I incorporated this composition within the general one referring to Pindos.

After we have walked up the final steps leading us to this height, we see an open space, not far from the composition of ‘Pindos’. I tried to match morphologically the exterior of the cave with the rocks of this theme. I isolated it by means of the open space over the ‘Kanaris’ theme, using just sackcloth and gypsum.

This scene’s motion is opposite compared to the course we followed on our way up to ‘the women of Pindos’. It was the first composition we saw when we started climb up the stairs. Now, it will be the last one of this unit, for when we get higher this unit will be isolated; it will be out of sight but in reality underneath it. So we leave two themes indissolubly united behind and we move on immediately to the next phase of World War Two.”