By Ian Howie-Willis
disease has been the relentless scourge of armies throughout
history. Malaria thwarted the efforts of Alexander the Great
to overcome India within the fourth century BC. Malaria frustrated
the goals 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 overcome 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 given that the
formation of the Australian military in 1901.
On at the very least 3 events malaria has halted Australian military operations, bringing it to a standstill and threatening
its defeat. the 1st time used to be in Syria in 1918, while a malaria epidemic minimize a swathe during the Australian-led
Desert fastened Corps. the second one time was once in Papua New Guinea in 1942–43, whilst the military used to be fighting
malaria in addition to the japanese. The 3rd time used to be in Vietnam in 1968, whilst malaria triggered extra casualties than
did enemy action.
Indeed the Australian military has been scuffling with ‘an never-ending conflict’ opposed to malaria ever because the Boer conflict on the finish of
the 19th century. The fight opposed to the ailment maintains a hundred and fifteen years later simply because almost all Army’s overseas
deployments are to malarious regions.
Fortunately for Australian troops serving in countries the place malaria is endemic, the Australian military Malaria Institute
undertakes the medical learn essential to guard our carrier group of workers opposed to the disease.
Ian Howie-Willis, during this very readable publication, tells the dramatic tale of the Army’s lengthy and carrying on with struggle
against malaria. It breaks new flooring by way of exhibiting how only one disorder, malaria, is as a lot the serving soldier’s foe
as any enemy force.
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