By Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite
This publication analyzes the scientific prone of the Egyptian Expeditionary strength less than the command of normal Allenby through the Palestine Campaigns of 1917-18. It describes the struggle opposed to epidemic illness encouraged by way of basic Allenby's designated angle in the direction of the healthiness of the troops and to army drugs and the advancements in military-medical association and surgical procedure at the battlefield in the course of those campaigns.
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1,282 Turkish officers and soldiers were taken prisoner. A dressing station was established three miles west of Magdhaba by the mobile section of the New Zealand Field Ambulance and the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance. , but by four o’clock large numbers of wounded were coming in as a result of the final assault. m. the ambulance convoy set out on its twenty-three miles’ march to the receiving station. indd 30 1/24/2007 12:55:51 The Desert Campaigns 31 cases were perforce carried in the camel cacolets, which gave great trouble.
In this manner the garrison was augmented by these mounted units. Since September 1914 the British forces in Egypt were commanded by General John Maxwell, a capable administrator who knew Egypt very well and was well versed in the specific political problems of the area. 3 T he British defensive plan was also based on firm geographical considerations: between the Suez Canal and the Turkish army, which was concentrated in Palestine and in Syria, lay many miles of desert of the Sinai Peninsula. The Sinai desert seemed to be a prominent natural obstacle for any aggressor attempting to approach the Suez Canal from the east.
Cases of beri-beri and scurvy, due to vitamin deficiency, were quite common. By the end of April 1916 there were almost no food reserves left. 6 T he double British defeat in the Dardanelles and in Mesopotamia did not go unnoticed in public opinion: national enquiry commissions were appointed in both cases and their conclusions and recommendations were publicized. ’ In both cases it became obvious that among other deficiencies in planning, command, and control, the medical aspects of those campaigns had been ignored and health issues had not been a part of the planning and of the appraisement of the situation.