Book ID: CBB737150422

An Unending War: The Australian Army's Struggle Against Malaria 1885-2015 (2018)


Howie-Willis, Ian (Author)

Big Sky Publishing

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 416 pages
Language: English

MALARIA is not only the greatest killer of humankind, the disease has been the relentless scourge of armies throughout history. Malaria thwarted the efforts of Alexander the Great to conquer India in the fourth century BC, malaria frustrated the ambitions of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan to rule all Europe in the fourth and thirteenth centuries AD, and malaria stymied Napoleon Bonaparte’s plan to conquer Syria at the end of the eighteenth century. Malaria has also been the Australian Army’s continuing implacable foe in almost all its overseas deployments since the Army formed at Federation in 1901.On at least three occasions malaria has halted the Army, bringing it to a standstill and threatening its defeat. The first time was in Syria in 1918, when a malaria epidemic cut a swathe through the Australian-led Desert Mounted Corps. The second time was in Papua New Guinea in 1942–43, when the Army was fighting malaria as well as the Japanese. The third time was in Vietnam in 1968, when malaria caused more casualties than did enemy action. Indeed the Australian Army has been fighting ‘an unending war’ against malaria ever since the Boer War at the beginning of the twentieth century. The struggle against the disease continues 115 years later because virtually all the Army’s overseas deployments are to malarious regions.Fortunately for Australian troops serving in nations where malaria is endemic, the Australian Army Malaria Institute undertakes the scientific research necessary to protect our service personnel against the disease. Ian Howie-Willis, in this very readable book, tells the dramatic story of the Army’s long and continuing struggle against malaria. It breaks new ground by showing how just one disease, malaria, is as much the serving soldier’s foe as any enemy force.See:

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Review Peter Hobbins (2017) Review of "An Unending War: The Australian Army's Struggle Against Malaria 1885-2015". Historical Records of Australian Science (p. 73). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Agostini, Filiberto
Hasegawa, Guy R.
Schmidt, James M.
Sweeney, Tony
Greenwood, John R.
Berry, F. Clifton, Jr.
Twentieth-Century British History
Korean Journal of Medical History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Franco Angeli
Melbourne University Press
Naval Institute Press
Rutgers University Press
Edinborough Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Science and war; science and the military
World War I
Disease and diseases
Belmondo, Ernesto
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
United States
Great Britain
Virginia (U.S.)
United States. Army

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