By Eran Dolev, Louis Lillywhite
This booklet analyzes the clinical companies of the Egyptian Expeditionary strength lower than the command of common Allenby through the Palestine Campaigns of 1917-18. It describes the struggle opposed to epidemic sickness encouraged via common Allenby's special perspective in the direction of the well-being of the troops and to army drugs and the advancements in military-medical association and surgical procedure at the battlefield in the course of those campaigns.
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Extra resources for Allenby's Military Medicine: Life and Death World War I Palestine
Indd 26 1/24/2007 12:55:50 The Desert Campaigns 27 for conveyance of two casualties with minimum inconvenience caused by the motion of the cart. 12 Sand sledges were platforms especially designed for carrying sick and wounded soldiers over dunes and sandy terrain. ’14 T he field ambulances in the Sinai desert differed from the usual field ambulances: they included only two sections instead of three, with the addition of thirty-six stretcher-bearers and three officers. The ‘C’ sections, which were separated from their eight original units, were organized in order to form new medical units.
No. 24 CCS (400 beds) moved from Feirdan at the Canal to Bir el Abed; No. 26 CCS (400 beds) moved from Port Said to El Mazar; No. 54 CCS (200 beds) moved from Qantara to the railhead to be joined by No. 53 CCS from Egypt (200 beds). No. 24 Stationary Hospital (800 beds) moved from Moasacar to Qantara-East while No. 2 Stationary Hospital (800 beds) came from Port Said to be located at Mahamdiyah. Thus, altogether, on the eve of the expected battle of El Arish there were 3,500 beds and all the corresponding medical and surgical facilities, ready to receive casualties.
The Turkish intelligence was aware of the British change in attitude concerning the defence of the Canal. One of the places in Sinai around which mounted units were located was Qatiya, an oasis in the western Sinai desert whose wells could supply high quality drinking water either to British units defending the Canal or to Turkish units on their way to the Canal. On 23 April 1916, a well-planned Turkish assault took a yeomanry unit at Qatiya by surprise. 9 The lessons of the Turkish attack on Qatiya were well studied on several levels.