Gallipoli

Gallipoli : An Australian Medical Perspective

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To be successful, a modern army needs logistical support
to survive - to
arm, feed, transport, and care for its soldiers. As
history shows us the
maintenance of health in any army , is a key factor in
warfare.
In many respects the Gallipoli campaign was a doomed
undertaking. The
seeds of ultimate defeat in December 1915 were the risks
that attended
a hugely ambitious, complex, and large-scale amphibious
operation - the
landings on well-defended shores on the Gallipoli
peninsula, under cover
of darkness. Communications at the time were primitive,
while general
staff officers had little understanding of their own
army's medical assets
or the needs of a largee medical organisation. The
Australian Army Medical
Corps (AAMC) received aid from, and gave support to, all
five forces at
various times during 1915. Underlying the execution of
the Dardanelles campaign were factors
wholly outside the control of the Australian AMS.
Undoubtedly tragic,
and sometimes avoidable, errors were made at the highest
level of
command, with subsequent pressures on the AMS. An
amphibious
operation of this type and scale, however, was without
parallel in
modern military history, and mistakes were inevitable, as
they are with
any campaign of such complexity. Gallipoli An Australian
Medical Perspective explores these complexities and
mistakes through the eyes of the infant Australian Army
Medical Corps.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 175 x 247 x 10.16mm | 430.91g
  • Newport, NSW, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1921941863
  • 9781921941863
  • 1,209,164

About Michael Tyquin

Doctor Michael Tyquin is a consulting historian based in Canberra. He has published extensively in the areas of Australian social, medical and military history. He is a serving member of the Australian Army Reserve which he joined as a medical assistant with the 4/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse. He is the official historian of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland's Centre for Military and Veterans' Health

When Mike was researching the history of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps for its centenary he came across a number of intriguing references to veterinarians and farriers and other men who made up the veterinary corps. It was then that he made a decision to revisit this group, bringing its story into the light of day and record its contribution to the Australian army - his book Forgotten Men is the long overdue account of the significant contribution to the Australian Army of the Australian Army Veterinary Corps in two world wars.
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