Fact Check: No, The Viral Image Is NOT Of The World’s First Ambulance; Here Is The Truth

An image of a vehicle with a lady lying on it and a man peddling it has gone viral with a claim that it is the image of the first ambulance in the world.

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here, here and here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.
On doing a Reverse Image Search, we found that the same image was uploaded on Pinterest with the caption, “World War II Ambulance”.

Taking a cue from the above photo, we searched with the keyword, ‘World War 11 Ambulance’, and found that the image was also uploaded by Getty Image with the caption, “29th July 1941: A one-man anti-gas ambulance and resuscitator, designed and made for use by the Home Guard. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images).”

We also searched for World’s first ambulance and found that the website ‘History of Yesterday‘ mentioned that the first ambulance was made in the late 1700s during Napoleonic Wars. The website mentions that Dr. Dominique Jean Larrey, a French surgeon in Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grande Armée was the first to design the ambulance. These ambulances were carriages drawn by horses.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral image is not of the world’s first ambulance.

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