THE DEADLIEST ENEMY: THE U.S. ARMY AND INFLUENZA, 1918 -1919


[Source: “THE DEADLIEST ENEMY: THE U.S. ARMY AND INFLUENZA, 1918 -1919”, Army History Magazine, Spring 2019 Edition, March 2019]

Kathleen Fargey, examines a sampling of the Army’s response to the influenza outbreak of 1918–1919. Looking at five locations, or case studies, in the United States and France, Fargey documents the Army’s attempts to respond to, treat, and mitigate the effects of a disease that would take more U.S. soldiers’ lives than had been lost on the actual battlefields of the First World War. The Army found itself wholly unprepared for the sheer volume of patients that would pass through its hospitals. Attempts to cope would strain the Army’s medical system to the breaking point, but the lessons learned from the pandemic informed plans for response that the Army utilizes to this day… View Article.

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