Anyone injured during combat hopes to be attended to quickly and hopefully taken to a place of safety. Over the centuries such care has varied greatly, but in modern times enormous resources have been put into this, and very many soldiers have been grateful to see the arrival of the stretcher-bearers and the journey in the ambulance.
The focus of this set is clearly the ambulance, which appears to be a jeep converted for the purpose. The model is actually considerably smaller than the Atlantic jeep found in their Infantry with Jeep set, and stands about the same height as a man. The stretcher is placed inside via the rear hatch, yet despite it reaching the front dashboard there is only just enough space. Though jeeps were often used as ambulances, we would doubt that a vehicle with the configuration of this model ever existed. There is not even room for the steering wheel, which protrudes through the windscreen.
Included with the ambulance is a driver, a stretcher with casualty and one other man. The driver is a really tight squeeze, and does not really fit his vehicle at all. The casualty is stripped to the waist and lying on a thick stretcher which slides into the ambulance on runners - this is not a stretcher for carrying around the battlefield as it has no handles. The third man has an odd pose which seems to be pulling the stretcher in the ambulance while one foot is on the rear bumper. However this has not been particularly well achieved. Both the helmeted men wear helmets with large red crosses on both sides, and one is armed with a pistol. The casualty has been given a suitably agonised expression.
The standard of sculpting is on a par with the rest of the Modern range, with the figures showing adequate detail but not a particularly attractive style. The ambulance snaps together reasonably well and has only nine parts, four of which are the wheels, though the resulting model is fairly basic with plenty of gaps. There is a fair amount of flash and extra plastic, though no more than usual for a model of this age.
In our view the ambulance is much too small for a covered vehicle, and the figures are not really useful. Atlantic are to be applauded for covering their subject with such diverse kits as this, but ultimately this is no more than it was ever meant to be, a toy.