By Ian Howie-Willis
disease has been the relentless scourge of armies throughout
history. Malaria thwarted the efforts of Alexander the Great
to triumph over India within the fourth century BC. Malaria frustrated
the targets of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan to rule all
Europe within the fourth and 13th centuries advert; and malaria
stymied Napoleon Bonaparte’s plan to beat Syria on the end
of the eighteenth century.
Malaria has additionally been the Australian Army’s continuing
implacable foe in just about all its in a foreign country deployments when you consider that the
formation of the Australian military in 1901.
On a minimum of 3 events malaria has halted Australian military operations, bringing it to a standstill and threatening
its defeat. the 1st time was once in Syria in 1918, whilst a malaria epidemic minimize a swathe throughout the Australian-led
Desert fixed Corps. the second one time was once in Papua New Guinea in 1942–43, whilst the military was once fighting
malaria in addition to the japanese. The 3rd time was once in Vietnam in 1968, while malaria brought on extra casualties than
did enemy action.
Indeed the Australian military has been battling ‘an endless warfare’ opposed to malaria ever because the Boer battle on the finish of
the 19th century. The fight opposed to the disorder maintains one hundred fifteen years later simply because nearly all Army’s overseas
deployments are to malarious regions.
Fortunately for Australian troops serving in international locations the place malaria is endemic, the Australian military Malaria Institute
undertakes the medical learn essential to shield our provider body of workers opposed to the disease.
Ian Howie-Willis, during this very readable e-book, tells the dramatic tale of the Army’s lengthy and carrying on with struggle
against malaria. It breaks new flooring by means of displaying how only one affliction, malaria, is as a lot the serving soldier’s foe
as any enemy force.
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