Historically, prolonged campaigns have been frequently lost or won because of the greater fitness of one of the combatant armies. In the twentieth century, infection was still a major problem, leading to withdrawal from Gallipoli, and the near defeat of the Allies due to malaria early in the Second World War’s Pacific campaign. Malaria emerged again as a major problem in the Vietnam War.
The Australian Army Medical Corps, founded in 1901, learned from past medical experience. However, errors leading to significant morbidity did occur mainly in relation to malaria. These errors included lack of instruction of doctors sent to New Guinea with the Australian Force in the Great War, inadequate prophylactic measures against malaria in New Guinea early in World War Two, failure to perceive the threat of emerging resistant strains of malaria in the 1960s, and military commanders not fully implementing the recommendations of their medical advisers.
Many Australian campaigns have taken place in tropical locations; a substantial amount of scientific work to prevent and manage tropical diseases has therefore been conducted by the Army Medical Corps’ medical researchers—particularly in the Land Headquarters Medical Research Unit and the Army Malaria Institute. Their work extends well beyond the military, greatly improving health outcomes throughout the world. This book recognises the efforts of both individuals and the Army’s Tropical Disease Research units since Federation in helping the Army succeed in battle.
New Releases – First Quarter Military History Titles from Big Sky Publishing
The late Graham Wilson delighted in his self-appointed role as the AIF’s myth buster.
In his second and final volume of Bully Beef and Balderdash (March 2017), Grahm tackles another eight popularly accepted myths. This book is a tribute to Graham Wilson’s extraordinary passion for truth and fact and his drive to set the historical record straight.
In Sword and Baton Vol. 1 (March 2017) author Justin Chadwick offers a collection of 86 biographies representing every Australian Army officer to reach the rank of major general from Federation to the outbreak of World War II. Chadwick’s book offers readers more than a series of biographies. Rather, it describes a crucial period in Australian military history through the lives of the extraordinary men at its head.
The 100th year Anniversary of The Battles of Bullecourt will be commemorated this year. (11 April and 3-7 May 1917)
Given the unique place in this nation’s military history that both battles occupy, surprisingly little has been written on the AIF’s achievements at Bullecourt.
Author David Coombes seeks to remedy this gaping omission with the release of The Battles of Bullecourt, 1917 (March 2017), following on from A Greater Sum of Sorrows (April 2016). His latest book is part of the highly successful Australian Army History Unit Campaigns Series. "The authors coverage of the tactical and strategic situations is gripping (and upsetting), as is his coverage on leadership and politics."
Damien Finlayson’s new book Lightning Keepers (May 2017) is the first account of the dynamic little unit that was the Alphabet Company, a unit that has been neglected by history for a century. Melding intricate research with the stories from the soldiers, Finlayson has captured the grit and ingenuity under harrowing conditions, of this brave group of soldiers. A magnificent book which certainly does justice to the soldiers of Alphabet Company.
Mother’s Day - Married Quarter - 21 years, 9 postings, 2 deployments, 15 jobs and 1 brain tumour – A glimpse into the world of a service family, through deployments, postings illness and semi-retirement travelling Australia in a dusty caravan, not quite ready to settle down. Author Maria Augustus-Dunn tells her story with delight from the perceived perils of ‘getting it all wrong’ at the first dining in-night to the far greater opportunity for mistakes when meeting the King of Cambodia . A perfect read for all Australia’s. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Legacy Australia.
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