Gallipoli : An Australian Medical Perspective
by Michael Tyquin
Editor: Big Sky Publishing
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To be successful, a modern army, the need for logistical support to survive by hand, food, transportation, and care for its soldiersAs history shows, maintaining the health of the army is a key factor in the war.In many ways, Gallipoli’s campaign was doomed to failureThe seeds of the ultimate defeat in December 1915, the risks that witnessed a very ambitious, complex and large-scale amphibious operation – the landings on well defended shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula, under the cover of darknessCommunications was in primitive times, while staff officers had little understanding of their own active medical armies or the needs of a large medical organizationThe Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC) received assistance, and supported, all five forces at various times during 1915Underlying the execution of the Dardanelles campaign were factors entirely outside the control of the Australian AMSUndoubtedly tragic, and sometimes avoidable, mistakes were made at the highest level of command, with subsequent pressure on the AMSAn amphibious operation of this type and scale, however, is unparalleled in the modern army’s history, and mistakes are inevitable, as they do with a campaign of such complexityGallipoli An Australian
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