Allenby's Military Medicine: Life and Death World War I by Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite

By Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite

This booklet analyzes the scientific prone of the Egyptian Expeditionary strength lower than the command of basic Allenby throughout the Palestine Campaigns of 1917-18. It describes the struggle opposed to epidemic sickness encouraged via common Allenby's specific perspective in the direction of the health and wellbeing of the troops and to army medication and the advancements in military-medical association and surgical procedure at the battlefield in the course of those campaigns.

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The Sinai desert seemed to be a prominent natural obstacle for any aggressor attempting to approach the Suez Canal from the east. Very few routes could serve a Turkish military advance through Sinai, and lack of water would limit the size and tactical options of any unit trying to cross the desert in the direction of the canal. indd 18 1/24/2007 12:55:47 The Desert Campaigns 19 Djemal Pasha and his chief of staff, the German Colonel Friedrich Kress von Kressenstein, crossed the Sinai desert, unnoticed during most of its advance, and reached the Suez Canal with the intention of capturing the canal area and arousing a civil uprising against the British in Egypt.

During that war Allenby distinguished himself several times. In April 1900 he assumed temporary command of the Inniskillings and by January 1901 was given charge of an independent column which he commanded until the end of the war in May 1902. 4 From August 1902 until October 1905 he was commander of the 5th Lancers, a period during which some of his virtues were noticed: Under a brusque manner there was unbound human sympathy. He expected all one could give, but was always ready to help in sickness or in trouble.

Lloyd George was a true ‘Easterner’ who believed that knocking Turkey out of the war would significantly influence the situation at the Western Front. ’23 At that time the British railway reached El Mazar, not far from El Arish. indd 28 1/24/2007 12:55:50 The Desert Campaigns 29 from the East. The medical services of the Eastern Force, and of the EEF in general, were well prepared for the expected battle of El Arish. Six squads of stretcher bearers were allotted to every brigade. As at the battle of Romani, the mobile sections of the various field ambulances would serve as ADSs while the immobile sections would be amalgamated in order to serve as a CCS, with 700 beds, at the most remote railhead.

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