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By Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite

This booklet analyzes the scientific prone of the Egyptian Expeditionary strength below the command of common Allenby throughout the Palestine Campaigns of 1917-18. It describes the struggle opposed to epidemic illness encouraged by way of common Allenby's distinctive perspective in the direction of the well-being 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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34 The only medical problem which affected many soldiers, and at times even jeopardized their performance, was that of ‘septic’ or ‘desert’ sores: It was found that the slightest scratch quickly developed into an intractable ulcer which, in spite of all treatment, would last for months, and nothing seemed to do any good except to send the patient down the line to Egypt, when, with fresh food and vegetables and ordinary simple dressing, the sores quickly healed. 35 Apparently there was a debate between the doctors concerning the cause of this disease and how to cope with it: ‘DDMS supports a request from the Desert Column to purchase oranges due to septic sores; it is denied.

The next operation took place almost immediately: from reports by Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilots it became apparent that the majority of the troops who had fled from El Arish were on their way to Magdhaba, about twenty-five miles southeast of El Arish on the banks of Wadi El Arish. The British realized that Magdhaba had been prepared as a fortified post and included a system of five well constructed redoubts. General Chetwode decided not to allow the enemy to reorganize at Magdhaba and to attack the retreating Turkish force as soon as possible.

Soldiers began to suffer from deficiency diseases, mainly the Indian troops who were vegetarians and did not consume flesh of horses when it came to that point. 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.

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