To be honest with you, I've always wondered whether or not the image is actually staged. Everything looks too convenient; the two signs, Pro Station and Aid Station, Dispensary, Litter. In my personal opinion, there is just too much happening in the photograph.
I am perhaps being very sceptical, but these are just my thoughts on the matter. This does not, however, answer the question as to what exactly the "C.M.B. Box" is. As Tenth says the handles seem to be almost identical to those found on Anesthesia Cases (mine is made Stanley - an American company). However, as Roger says:
docdean64 wrote:The lettering and type red cross certainly make me think this
I too have my suspicions that the box may be British, as by this time in the war, the Medical Department had already changed the standard insgnia for medical supplies from the Geneva Red Cross to the Caduceus (see Chest Article (New Window)
), whereas the British continued to mark supplies with a Red Cross until long after the war.
I will do some digging and enquiring with some British Medical collectors that I know here in the UK, and see whether or not they can shed any light onto the mystery box.
Thanks for an interesting discussion,